22 reasons to visit the Porcupine Mountains this year

There are lots of reasons to visit the Porcupine Mountains and Ontonagon County in any season—jaw-dropping scenery, abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation, unique attractions to explore, you get the idea. Here are 22 reasons to get you excited about booking a trip in 2022.

  1. Outstanding snowmobiling—Ontonagon County is home to more than 300 miles of groomed trails to explore
  2. Opportunities for winter recreation, including cross-country skiing and snowshoeing
  3. Winter fun at the Porcupine Mountains Ski Area
  4. The vast (60,000 acres!) Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, the largest state park in the state of Michigan
  5. The Ontonagon Lighthouse, the oldest mainland lighthouse in the western Upper Peninsula
  6. Bond Falls, the most iconic cascade in the western U.P.
  7. Wonderful views at Lake of the Clouds
  8. Great places to stay in Ontonagon, Silver City and White Pine
  9. Iconic waterfalls across the county
  10. Strolls (and sunsets) along the shores of Lake Superior
  11. Visiting shops and restaurants in Ontonagon and throughout the county
  12. Staying up late to see the Paulding Mystery Light
  13. Listening to live music on the shores of Lake Superior at the Porcupine Mountains Music Festival
  14. Photogenic waterfalls on the Presque Isle River
  15. Events and workshops at the Porcupine Mountains Folk School
  16. Learning about the region’s mining history at attractions like Adventure Mine and the Caledonia Copper Mine
  17. Walking through history at Old Victoria Restoration, a heritage site that recreates what life was like for the U.P.’s early miners
  18. A chance to see the Northern Lights (if you’re lucky)
  19. Incredible hiking trails, from wonderful state park trails like the Escarpment Trail at Lake of the Clouds to 23 miles of the multi-state North Country Trail
  20. Rising above it all at Copper Peak, the world’s largest manmade ski jump
  21. Taking in the fall color with a western U.P. road trip
  22. Lesser-known waterfalls to explore, where you can find beautiful Porcupine Mountains scenery without the crowds

That’s just a small sample of the great things to see and do in the Porcupine Mountains and Ontonagon County. Plan your visit today and see what you’ve been missing.

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