About Our Ski Trails

The NTN maintains groomed trails at the following locations:

Noquemanon (Forestville)Marquette Township:  The Noquemanon Cross Country Ski Trail in Marquette is a 50K system with point to point and loop features including a range of difficulty from beginner to expert for both skate and classic. Ski and snowshoe rentals available at the Forestville Trailhead. Includes dog friendly loops! There are three trailheads for the system:

  • Forestville Trailhead. Follow Wright Street north off of US 41 for approximately one mile to Forestville Road. Turn left. Follow Forestville road for 2.3 miles. Watch for railroad tracks to the right. Turn right and cross tracks following the plowed road. Watch for signs to the trailhead. $10 per day suggested donation to the grooming fund can be made in the lodge.
  • County Road 510 Trailhead. (no facilities available) Take U.S. 41 two (2) miles west of the Wal-Mart traffic light, turn north (right) on County Road 502 (Midway Drive). In ¼ mile turn north (right) onto County Road 510. The trailhead kiosk is 6 miles down on the east (right) side of the roadway. This trailhead features difficult terrain. Please donate to the grooming fund by using the pay pipe. There is a $10 daily suggested fee.
  • Tourist Park Trailhead. Located on CR 550. Turn left off of Sugar Loaf Ave and travel ½ mile. Parking and trail head are on the left. Please donate to the trails using the pay pipe. Recommended daily donation is $10.

Saux Head  (Between Marquette and Big Bay): Off of County Road 550 you will find a 12 K intermediate system for classic and skate.

Fit Strip – City of Marquette: Enjoy a 1.5 K Skate/Classic loop or the 1.7K Classic only loop located in the heart of the City. Skate/Classic Loop is lit for night skiing. Directions to Trailhead: From West Washington Street turn at Mr Tire and take the street to end. Turn left and go to the end. You should see the kiosk there.

Big Bay Pathway – Big Bay: Over 15 K groomed for classic skiing. Directions to Trailhead: From Marquette take County Road 550  22 miles to the town of Big Bay. Turn left at the Lumberjack Tavern on to Bear Pit Road

Valley Spur – Munising: Located on M-94 approximately 3 miles south of Munising in the Hiawatha National Forest.  The Valley Spur trail system is managed and groomed by the Friends of Valley Spur in partnership with the NTN.

 

Other Area Trails:

Al Quaal – Ishpeming : 4 loops with 20 K for both classic and skate skiing groomed by the City of Ishpeming.

Blueberry Ridge – Part of the State of Michigan DNR Trail System with two accessible parking areas off of Hwy 553. Enjoy a total of 13.67 miles of groomed trails open to cross-country skiing and hiking, including 1.7 miles of lighted trails for night skiing.

 

New to Cross-Country Skiing:

Its Easy to Try, the NTN Forestville Trailhead has a wide selection of rental equipment to get outside. Rental hours are from 10 am to 4 pm, with 24 hour and multi-day rentals available with a valid credit card.  Friday, Saturday and Sunday the Trailhead is staffed from 10-4 by our Hospitality Coordinator. During the week the NTN relies on volunteers to provide rental equipment. Currently, the Trailhead is staffed Monday and Tuesday from 10 until 4, and  Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10-1. If, you plan on needing rental equipment during the times when there is no staffing, or there is no trail host when you arrive at the facility, please call NTN office at 906-235-6861. Downwind Sports in Marquette also  provides rental equipment.

Directions to the Forestville Trailhead: Follow Wright Street north off of US 41 for approximately one mile to Forestville Road. Turn left. Follow Forestville road for 2.3 miles. Watch for railroad tracks to the right. Turn right and cross tracks following the plowed road. Watch for signs to the trailhead. $10 per day suggested donation to the grooming fund can be made in the lodge.

Day Passes:

Adults $10
Juniors (7-18) $5
Children (6 and under) Free

Ski & Snowshoe Rentals
Classic/Freestyle Adult $15
Youth Rentals $10
Children Rentals $5
Snowshoes $15/day
or $10/4hrs

The network is also be used for hiking, running, off-road biking, horseback riding, canoeing and kayaking, skiing, and snowshoeing.

NTN Nordic Tourist Brochure (with trail locations) can be found here:  Noquemanon Nordic Trails brochure.

Trail User Policy:

A goal of the NTN is to give every non-motorized user of our trails the best possible outdoor experience.  To this end we believe that different types of users should be separated wherever possible.  Accordingly, we as a Board have designated usage on various trails consistent with the terrain and member needs.

At this time we are unable to completely separate snow bikes, skiers, snowshoes, dogs, and traditional skiers, so we need to share different portions of the trails.  Future trail segments to allow for separate users will be developed as money for construction and landowner permission occur.  While we work towards this goal, we ask that all users be respectful and considerate of others users and that current trail use designations be honored.  Please remember that we will achieve our mission of building an integrated extensive trail system and strengthen the non-motorized voice and perception in the community much faster with cooperation and consideration.