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Courtney Equestrian Trails – Ottawa National Forest – Ontonagon County

Courtney Equestrian Trails are a little known attraction in northeast Ontonagon County on the Ottawa National Forest off M38.  These beautiful trails lie on both sides of the West Branch Firesteel River with access points from HWY M-38 and the Dishinaw Road. Northeastern loops are enjoyed by cross country skiers, snowshoers and intersect with hiking trails.  Here you will enjoy approximately 14 miles of horse trails on diverse forest landscapes that carry you through areas of hardwood, pine, mixed foliage and forest vegetation.   Trails are near Courtney Lake Campground which is seasonally open to the general public, but closed to horses.  Horsemen can pack and camp the backwoods at will.  This is a peaceful retreat with well-marked trails, cared for by MI-TRALE, local skiers and the Ottawa National Forest.

**NEW**

MI-TRALE’s Multi-Use Trails Guide for the Western Upper Peninsula of Michigan

This Guide  includes, ORV/ATV, Horse, Bike, Hike, River/Water trails along with lodging, food, gas, supplies, services, new trails, points of interests and a trip planner with destination loops and much more. MI-TRALE partnered with the Ottawa National Forest so we  added all their trails along with our 520+ miles giving you over 2800 miles of different trails for many different types of users.

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Oakwood Horse Trail – Hiawatha National Forest – Munising Area

MDNR Multi-Use Routes & Horses www.michigan.gov/dnr

Equestrians have use of the multi-use routes maintained by MI-TRALE

Routes are open to other uses including motor vehicles, ATV’s, ORV’s, motorcycles, hikers and mountain bikes so be prepared and stay alert!

MULTI-USE Trail names & total miles                                                                                                

Footing Ratings — * good with some rocks, ** good, *** very good

* Bill Nicholls Route (BN) 48 mi -Rail Trail – Trestle Bridges

** Iron River-Marenisco Route (IM) 67 mi. – Rail Trail

*** Land O’Lakes (LL) 26 miles  – Rail Trail – many Small bridges, beautiful wooded area

* Ottawa East Connector Route (OC) 79 mi – County Roads, Forest Roads and Forest trails

* Pioneer Trail (P) 23 mi – Ottawa National Forest

** Sidnaw-Bergland Route (SB) 49 mi – Rail Trail – Trestle Bridges, Waterfalls, several small tow each offering something unique

SUGGESTED RIDES on MULTI-USE Routes & Trails

RIDE: Bill Nicholls Route (BN) – Rail Trail – There is a public Park N Ride parking area on the corner on M26 & M38 and further north on M26 in Twin Lakes there is parking at the end of the ride if you don’t want to ride back. Once unloaded head a short distance down the side of M38 where you will come to the BN head north/left up the BN trail this will take you over the Bill Nicholls Trestles (see page #) 100ft above the Firesteel River, you will ride the Copper Country State Forest and end in the town of Twin Lakes where Krupps has traditional Pasties

RIDE: Pioneer Trail (P) 23 miles – Parking in Bergland at the Trail head, on Norwich Rd and the Greenland Trail Head. Diverse footing, several rocky areas at the north end, it is an amazing trail through the beautiful Ottawa National Forest

RIDE: Land O’Lakes (LL) 14 miles – On US HWY 45 north of Watersmeet there is the Paulding Pond Camping area on the east side of the road before you get to the town of Paulding there is plenty of parking at the camping sites. Once unloaded head north up the side of US45 to the first road that goes left/west turn and then turn north/right at the T. You are now on the LL Route you will head up the gravel road about a mile where the LL Route signs will turn right through the trees, you will cross back over US45 and follow the signs when you get to a paved road/CW/LL if you go left about 2 ½ miles into Paulding there is hand scooped Ice Cream at the General Store. Following the LL to the right 1 mile you then will follow the signs north where