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Preserves

Horseshoe Harbor

Level: Easy

This preserve, protected by the Nature Conservancy, is a beautiful and geologically interesting area. It is a short walk through the woods emerging along the Lake Superior shoreline. Horseshoe is located a couple miles east of Copper Harbor on the same shoreline. There is a large basalt outcropping that allows a great vista for viewing Lake Superior. The woodland birds are abundant with many nesting warblers and other songbirds. Bald eagles are often seen soaring along the shoreline while Common Loons pass by. In the evenings, enjoy the Hermit Thrush whose beautiful song can be heard nightly in summer.

Learn More: Mary McDonald Preserve at Horseshoe Harbor

Bare Bluff

Level: Difficult Areas

Bare Bluff is located in the Russell and Miriam Grinnell Memorial Nature Sanctuary, owned by the Michigan Nature Association.

Take in a breath of Pure Michigan’s purist air from the top of this spectacular 588 ft lookout – vista views span 180 degrees from Manitou Island to Keweenaw Point to Bete Gris and Point Isabelle. Approximately a 3-mile hike, which includes a moderately difficult 300 ft climb, the Bare Bluff sanctuary is a geological masterpiece. A flourishing forest, rare plant community and popular migration spot for raptors, makes this a favorite hiking destination. Learn more and get directions here: Michigan Nature Association

Estivant Pines

Level: Moderate

This sanctuary, protected by the Michigan Nature Association, is one of the most popular hiking and snowshoeing in the Keweenaw. Located 2.5 miles south of Copper Harbor, this trail system is a great way to spend an afternoon. The trails consist of 2 loops; the Memorial and the Cathedral. Some of the trees are so big that 2 people can’t touch hands around one! There are numerous unusual plants and flowers as well as countless mushrooms to find. Pack a lunch and enjoy the grandeur and quiet of one of Michigan’s last stands of old growth white pine. Trails are narrow and hilly in spots and there are many roots to navigate.

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