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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.
- Outstanding snowmobiling—Ontonagon County is home to more than 300 miles of groomed trails to explore
- Opportunities for winter recreation, including cross-country skiing and snowshoeing
- Winter fun at the Porcupine Mountains Ski Area
- The vast (60,000 acres!) Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, the largest state park in the state of Michigan
- The Ontonagon Lighthouse, the oldest mainland lighthouse in the western Upper Peninsula
- Bond Falls, the most iconic cascade in the western U.P.
- Wonderful views at Lake of the Clouds
- Great places to stay in Ontonagon, Silver City and White Pine
- Iconic waterfalls across the county
- Strolls (and sunsets) along the shores of Lake Superior
- Visiting shops and restaurants in Ontonagon and throughout the county
- Staying up late to see the Paulding Mystery Light
- Listening to live music on the shores of Lake Superior at the Porcupine Mountains Music Festival
- Photogenic waterfalls on the Presque Isle River
- Events and workshops at the Porcupine Mountains Folk School
- Learning about the region’s mining history at attractions like Adventure Mine and the Caledonia Copper Mine
- Walking through history at Old Victoria Restoration, a heritage site that recreates what life was like for the U.P.’s early miners
- A chance to see the Northern Lights (if you’re lucky)
- 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
- Rising above it all at Copper Peak, the world’s largest manmade ski jump
- Taking in the fall color with a western U.P. road trip
- 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.
Note: Please travel safely and responsibly when you are visiting the Porcupine Mountains and Ontonagon County. Some businesses and facilities may have modified hours or procedures; please contact them directly for information. See Michigan’s latest coronavirus orders here.
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