The State Line-Mile Post Zero trail is a historic path located on the Michigan side of the border to Wisconsin. This secluded trail is within the expansive Ottawa National Forest, which encompasses almost one million acres in the western Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It's a great way to get way out into the wilderness with your trail dog, while enjoy in interesting piece of history.
To reach the trail, from the M-73, take Ottawa Lake Road to West Brule Lake Road, until you reach the State Line Picnic Grounds. The trailhead is located adjacent to the picnic area. Here you'll find parking, where you can unload your pup from the vehicle and start your adventure. At the trailhead there are restrooms, and picnic tables, pawfect for enjoying a treat before hitting the trail.
This fairly easy, out-and-back trail has a dirt surface. It's relatively flat and short, and welcomes people and pups of any fitness level. The trail passes through lovely scenery and hardwood forests, and offers two destination points on Brule River. The trail is open during the winter as well, if you'd like to explore a winter wonderland and let your pal scamper alongside you through the snow.
The story behind the State Line-Mile Zero, is that it marks the survey point where Captain Thomas Cram placed the first marker, establishing the Wisconsin-Michigan state boundary in 1840. The site also tells the story of a treaty for passage with Chief Ca-Sha-O-Sha and the band of Ojibwa near a large tamarack tree at the headwaters of the Brule River. Whether you're a history buff or a nature lover, this trail is a great place to check out!
Doggos are welcome to join in on the fun here, as long as they stay leashed and picked up after. Don't forget to bring along some waste bags, and please be sure your pupper doesn't disturb the wildlife.
The State Line Mile Post Zero trail is sure to put a wag in your dog's tail!