Delta County’s four cross-country ski trails provide spring, summer and fall opportunities for hikers and bikers. The courses range from beginner to expert, covering all ends of the county and offering great scenery from rolling hills, steep slopes, and beautifully wooded areas.
Each has something unique to offer—Fayette has its historic townsite and scenic overlook; Days River has beautiful forests; Rapid River is steep and challenging in places; Escanaba is right in town, perfect for a spur-of-the-moment walk or ride into the woods.
Trail maps are available for viewing at http://michigantrails.us
City of Escanaba Bike Path
The City of Escanaba has created a 4.54 mile network of bicycle paths within the city, enabling bikers to ride safely off the motor vehicle pavement. The paths traverse the perimeter of Ludington Park , around the municipal dock and then along 1st Avenue North. The path also runs along Lincoln Road from Lake Shore Drive to the north city limit on Danforth Road. There is also a loop that circles the west side of Escanaba, westward on Old State Road to South 30th, then to 5th Avenue South and back to South Lincoln Road.
Each year additional miles are paved. The long term plan is to provide a safe network of bike paths throughout the city and eventually to Gladstone.
The short trail winds through cedar and oak stands along the mouth of the Days River. Tree identification markers are located along the trail North of Gladstone on North Lake Shore Drive.
The postcard scenery and rolling hills on the Days River Pathway makes this one the most popular trails on the Bays de Noc. It winds along side of the Days River through pine, spruce and cedar ridges of the Escanaba River State Forest. The trailhead is located two miles northwest of US Highway 2 & 41 between Gladstone and Rapid River.
The Escanaba Cross Country Pathway is located within the city limits, yet feels like it is set deep in the wilderness. The peaceful cedar ridges and hardwood hills block out the hustle of the city. The trailhead is located on North 30th Street just north of Charter Communications.
The historic buildings of a century old iron smelting village create their own attraction and a welcome break from biking and hiking. The trail overlooks the village of Fayette from its limestone cliffs, winds around the ancient buildings, then traverses the wooded park. The trailhead is located at the Fayette State Park entrance off M-183 on the Garden Peninsula, 16 miles south of US-2.
Nahma Marsh Trail
0.3 Mile trail, 4 miles south US 2 on Cty Rd. 497 is a very scenic trail.
Pioneer Trail Park
Escanaba on US 2, 41 & M35
Rapid River Ski Trail
The Rapid River ski trail offers five loops suitable for hiking and biking. The trail is widely recognized as one of the most beautiful in the Upper Peninsula, as it winds thru towering pine-covered ridges and drops into thick lowland swamps, offering a wide variety of challenges, from gentle, flat terrain to long, steep hills. The trailhead is located six miles north of Rapid River on US Highway 41.