Rapid River Cross-Country Trail

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Trail Distance: 17.6 miles
Time Estimate: 9 hr 20 min
Elevation Gain: 80 feet
Leash Rule: Off Leash
Difficulty: Moderate
Parking: Free
Route Type: Loop
Restroom: No
Description

Living or visiting Michigan is puptastic, and so is hiking at the Rapid River Cross Country Ski Trails!  Pack up your pup and head to the city of Maplewood for some quality time in the outdoors with your fur-ever friend. 

Located in the Hiawatha National Forest, you will be treated to 17.6-miles of trails which intermingle and create a system of trails to suit any fitness level pup. There are 5 different trails to choose from, all beginning at the same point. Pick up the trailheads on US 41, just 6 miles north of the intersection of US 2. 

These trails are maintained year-round and are groomed for cross-country skiers and snowshoers in the winter. The shortest trail is just about 1-mile long and offers the easiest route for hikers. The others vary in length and connect to each other for a different experience every time you visit! If you hike every trail, taking the entire route of 17.6 miles, you will certainly have travelled through the most beautiful scenery. 

Each path is sand covered in this Upper Michigan Peninsula location as you will be walking on hard-packed sand dunes. The footing is wonderful on your pup’s paws, and lots of pine trees in this forest setting will be yours to enjoy along the way.

Hiawatha National Forest offers other amenities like camping and mountain biking, so be sure to plan a day to take advantage of those with your pawtastic pup! All the trails are pup-friendly, but be sure to clean up after Fido. There is no leash restriction here – just use good judgment and keep your pup close so others can pass and enjoy the trails as well.

Neither restrooms nor water are available here, so plan accordingly. You and your pup will have a great time together hiking at the Rapid River Cross Country Trails.

Trail Features
Forest, Diverse Landscape, Easy Incline
Abundant Wildlife, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations

Even though the trails are maintained year-round, it is important to bring paw protection for your pup when snow is on the ground. Without protection for Fido, use caution on how long you stay outdoors.

Address
US 41
Rapid River, MI 49878
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Address
US 41
Rapid River, MI 49878
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
Tue Sunrise - Sunset
Wed Sunrise - Sunset
Thu Sunrise - Sunset
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