Noquemanon Trail Network Spring Update

March 10, 2015 by Laurie Neldberg-Weesen, president

Are you ready to emerge from your winter slumber? Tune-up the bikes and find your hiking shoes? Well, so are we at the Noquemanon Trails Network (NTN). Winter started early and is hanging on with plenty of spring skiing and fat biking left to enjoy. Thousands of skier visits were recorded at the Forestville Trails. Cars with license plates from Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Vermont are common. Grooming for classical and skate skiing has never been better. Our Snow Bike Route (SBR) has been enjoyed by folks from around the country. Our SBR even made the Wall Street Journal! Hundreds of volunteer hours kept the Forestville lodge warm and cozy and the SBR groomed. Come out and visit, take a ski, ride a bike, use our rental skies or snowshoes or just say “Hi”. I still hear locals comment, “I had no idea we had all of this available!”

Let’s talk about spring and summer. Our hard working mountain bike crew likes to be known as the Single Track (ST) crew. Why? The reason Marquette and the surrounding area is becoming a Mecca for Single Track is due to the extraordinary quality and beauty of the trails they build and maintain. Typically these trails are only wide enough for a single bike to navigate across bridges, through trees and meadows. Visitors and local residents are astonished by the variety of trails available. For the beginner there are several options at the South Trails off of M-553 in the City of Marquette. The North Trails in Marquette Township feature a ride that parallels the Dead River and provides glimpses of the area that only the bike and hike community can enjoy. North Trails can be accessed near the Marquette Board of Light and Power on Wright Street as well as the Tourist Park Trailhead on CR 550.

NTN is a non-profit membership organization. We receive no government funding and rely on members, volunteers and the community to support the trail building efforts that enhance our quality of life as well as drive the outdoor recreation economy. With spring and summer right around the corner, we are asking those who enjoy the trails to become members of the NTN. Your membership dollars keep the guys and gals out there building, mapping, signing and maintaining the trails so you can have fun with friends and family. The new Heartwood Trailhead Pavilion is under construction off of M 553 thanks to donations of funds, labor and materials that our generous community is known for. Membership information is on our website at www.noquetrails.com.

Do you like a little friendly competition or maybe just a social fun run? Be sure to check out the 2nd annual Blackrocks Marquette Trails Festival being held June 26-28. Details are available on our website or by calling the NTN office at 906-235-6861. There is something for all ages and abilities. Now you know why the NTN’s motto is: Marquette, Michigan Your 4-Season Destination for Trails, Terrain, Thrills and Tranquility.