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Oct 14, 2017 Hike - Tahquamenon Wilderness North
Nov 04, 2017 Hike - Haywood School Meandering
Dec 09, 2017 Hike - Betchler Ponds

Trail Town - St. Ignace, MI

St. Ignace is your "Home Port" and Trail Town for exploring the Eastern Upper Peninsula. Your North Country Trail adventure begins near the Mackinac Bridge at the St. Ignace Welcome Center. From there your adventure continues through the Straits State Park to the downtown boardwalk on the Lake Huron beach, then heads north through seventy-seven miles of the Hiawatha National Forest.

Hikers experience whispering pines and vibrant wetlands, skirt lakes and streams, stroll atop ancient sand dunes and along the Niagara Escarpment to the Lake Superior shore. All four seasons offer nature at its best, first hand and up close. The North Country Trail (NCT) is easy hiking and accesses abound from parking to pull off areas along the USFS roads.

If you hike in the spring, the trail offers incredible nature study, photography, and birding for adventurists wandering the woodlands and waterways along the NCT. East of St. Ignace birding is outstanding. Raptors and song birds stop for rests in their flights across the Straits of Mackinac.

All summer long St. Ignace invites you to enjoy the NCT during the day and your evenings in town with music, fireworks, free outdoor movies, and children's activities. Why not schedule your adventure vacations around weekend festivals and celebrations?

Fall is glorious in St. Ignace and along the NCT. The woodlands are a blaze with color. Bring your sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots and your cameras. Drink in the color along lakeshores and streams.

Winter adventurers will find abundant snowshoeing and cross country skiing options. Most of the NCT is not a groomed trail; therefore you might often be breaking your own trail for a true Northwood's outdoor experience. The Dunes area has groomed trails of varying skills levels. The frozen lakes are great for snow sailing and skiing.

Michigan's second oldest city is steeped in history. The FortdeBuade Museum, the Museum of Ojibwa Culture and Marquette Mason Park explore the early history of the area. Admission to both museums is by donation.

St. Ignace offers a wide range of motels, hotels, B & B's, restaurants, and tourist attractions. After a morning NCT hike you can enjoy Chinese for lunch, go parasailing in the afternoon, enjoy a leisurely dinner on the shoreline, and wrap your day with fireworks or a free outdoor movie. There is something for everyone. In addition, you are only a brief ferry ride from a memorable day trip to historic Mackinac Island.

Whether you spend an afternoon hiking, a day of cross-country snowshoeing, or several days of day packing, you will find your adventure as you explore forested pathways, marshes and bogs, waterways and lake shores, sand dunes, and geologic Ice Age features. The casual walker or day hiker can enjoy a great outdoor experience as well as those who backpack the entire length of the NCT. Remember, your adventure starts here! Trail Town St. Ignace is truly your "Home Port" for enjoying the North Country National Scenic Trail in the Eastern Upper Peninsula


Trail Town Member Businesses

Be sure to check out these St. Ignace Trail Town businesses.  They will be displaying a Trail Town Decal in their windows!  Let them know that you appreciate their support of the North Country National Scenic Trail.

Business Member - Bavarian Haus Lakefront Inn
Bavarian Haus Lakefront Inn is a lakeside property, with all the rooms facing Lake Huron. Every room has a private balcony (or deck) overlooking the lake, where you can view the sunrise over Mackinac Island, watch the freighters pass, or just enjoy the view.
1067 N State Street
St. Ignace, MI 49781
Phone: 800-732-9746
Website: www.bavarianhauslakefrontinn.com
Email: info@bavarianhauslakefrontinn.com

Business Member--The Driftwood Motel Restaurant and Sports Bar
The perfect one stop for your North Country Trail Adventure
A few blocks from the NCT and five miles from the Castle Rock Trailhead
Serving Breakfast Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
Dine on our Deck Overlooking Mackinac Island
Stay in our ground and lakeview rooms with Wifi
Pets Welcome upon approval
Tom & Heide Sposito
590 N. State St.
St. Ignace, MI
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Business Member--Fernelius Hyundai
Fernelius Hyundai has an extensive inventory of new Hyundai and used cars and trucks for sale and service in the eastern U P.
2988 Ashmun St.
Sault Ste Marie, MI 49783

Business Member--FortdeBuade Museum, Gift Shop, Art Galleries and Heritage Center
Over 6,700 sq. ft. and 3,500 artifacts depict the cultural development of the Michilimackinac area through the eyes of the Anishinaabe people. Huge display of Native, French, British and American Military and Indian weaponry. The "Newberry Tablets" as seen on the History Channel. "Captured Spirits", an exquisite and complete exhibit of The McKenney - Hall Lithographs of Native American dignitaries.
Admission to museum is by donation.
Captured Spirits Exhibit: $7/Adults, $5/Students & Seniors, Children under 12/FREE.
Open Memorial Day Weekend - October
Mary Beth Powers
334 North Street
St. Ignace, MI 49781

Business Member--Tahqua Trekker
Trailspotters of Michigan operates the Tahqua Trekker in the Eastern UP. Primarily, it is the shuttle service for day hikers at Tahquamenon Falls State Park. But, the Tahqua Trekker can coordinate car spotting and shuttle service between Marquette and St. Ignace on the North Country Trail, any other trail, river, or waterway. We can even pick you up at the Marquette Airport!
Call 386-227-7768 to make a reservation

Business Member - Village Inn
Welcome to the Village Inn of St. Ignace, Michigan, where guests are treated like family! Experience our friendly atmosphere in our full service hotel, restaurant, and lounge. The Village Inn is conveniently located on State Street and is directly across from Starline Railroad Ferry dock, which provides service to Mackinac Island.
250 S. State Street
St. Ignace, MI 49781
(906) 643-9511

Business Member--The Voyageur Trading Post
Michigan outdoor themed handicrafts to enhance your home, cabin, or lodge—furniture, photography, pottery, one of a kind pieces.  Stop and visit with Alan and enjoy his personal wood carving work area.
Alan Turf
P.O. 11
395 State Street
St. Ignace, MI 49781

Organization MemberSt. Ignace Chamber of Commerce
Working to enhance businesses by building coalitions to build pride and promote the St. Ignace area as a great place to live, work, visit and do business.
Janet Peterson, Director
560 N. State Street
St. Ignace, MI 49781
800-970-8717 or 906-643-8717

Organization MemberSt. Ignace Visitors Bureau
Mindy Sands
Debbie Durm
6 Spring Street
St. Ignace, MI 49781


Agency Member—Mackinac Properties
Cheryl Schlehuber
226 N. State
St. Ignace, MI 49781

Member--St. Ignace Downtown Development Authority
Deb Evashevski—Director
396 North State Street
St. Ignace, MI 49781


Member—Donna Louwers Pastry Arts
Creative and gourmet baking specialties--—studied at the French Pastry School in Chicago—2013 marks my 7th year with Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.
Donna is available for your gourmet pastry requests from November 15th to April 15th.  Contact her at 231-818-0211


The North Country Trail Association develops, maintains, preserves and promotes the North Country National Scenic Trail through a trail-wide coalition of volunteers and partners.