The Bill Nicholls Trail wanders from Mass City to Houghton through the Copper Country in the Upper Peninsula. Trail riders will encounter three train trestles, allowing them to cross more than a hundred feet above the Firesteel River. It’s a crossing that yields great views, especially during the region’s peak period for fall foliage. Visitors have the opportunity to see wildlife and remnants of the old copper mining that filled the area in the 1800s. The trail follows the route of the Copper Range Railroad, making it a perfect pathway for history-lovers. The pathway is relatively moderate in difficulty, as it passes through pine and hardwood forests and near the Twin Lakes State Park. It should be noted that while hiking, horseback riding, biking, and cross-country skiing are permitted on all areas of the pathway, there are sections of the pathway that also allow for motorized vehicles (ATVs & Snowmobiles).


Mass City to Houghton, MI



Not Required

Camping: None

Length: 38 Miles

Level: Unknown

Type: Riding, Hiking, Biking, Cross-Country Skiing, ATV’s. Snowmobiling

Terrain: Pine and hardwood forests, three train trestles more than 100 feet above the Firesteel River.

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