Equestrian Trails

horseback ridingThe Courtney Equestrian Trails are a little known attraction in Northeast Ontonagon County in the Ottawa National forest.
These beautiful trails lie on both sides of the West branch Firesteel River with access points from HWY M-38 and the Dishneau road. Northeastern loops are enjoyed by cross country skiers, snowshoer’s and intersects with hiking trails.  Here you will enjoy approximately 14 miles of horse trails on diverse forest landscapes that carry you through areas of hardwood, pine, mixed foliage and forest vegetation. Trails are near Courtney Lake Campground which is seasonally open to the general public but closed to horses.  This is a peaceful retreat with well-marked trails cared for by MI-TRALE, local skiers and the Ottawa National Forest.
Ottawa Ride:  LL Route
On US HWY 45, 10 miles north of Watersmeet is the Paulding Pond disbursed camping area.  There is plenty of space for parking or camping.
Trestle Ride:  BN Route
Rail Trail – There is parking at either end.  On the southern end, there is a public Park N Ride parking area on the corner of M26 & M38.  This will take you over the 3 Trestles 100 feet above the Firesteel River.  Then you can continue on through the Copper Country State Forest and end in the town of Twin Lakes where Krupps Mini Mart is famous for their traditional Pasties.
Pioneer Ride:  P Route
Parking at either end Bergland Trailhead on M28, Greenland Trailhead at the fairgrounds and in the middle on Norwich Road.  This route offers diverse footing.  Its an amazing trail through the beautiful Ottawa National Forest.
Shoreline Ride: Lake Superior Shore Misery Bay
Drive your rig to the town of Toivola on M-26 turn west onto Misery Bay Road.  Follow back approximately 7 miles to the DNR boat landing.  Parking there is ample.  The best riding is to the South (left) when looking at Lake Superior.  You will have to ride your horse into the water to reach the southern shoreline. Beautiful place for a sunset view!
For detailed info on Multi-Use trails for the western Upper Peninsula of Michigan and to order their trails guide: www.mi-trale.org or www.facebook.com/MI-TRALE.