Northern is located in the city of Marquette (pop. 20,000) in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The region offers: 11 hiking trails; 96 miles of cross country ski trails; 500 miles of snowmobile trails; 11 accessible waterfalls; and about 10 miles of city bike paths.
1100 miles of scenic shoreline, perfect for sailing, diving, fishing, swimming and more.
Presque Isle Park
328-acre peninsula park with hiking/ski trails, boat launch, scenic drive, picnic areas, a playground, band shell, Moosewood Nature Center and an indoor/outdoor pavilion surrounded by both sandy and rocky beaches. Dramatic views from Presque Isle include a great view of the Superior Dome, NMU campus and Sunset Point.
This trailhead is located just a few miles from campus and offers one of the best views in the Upper Peninsula. It is a relatively quick and easy hike uphill where there are three observation decks which allow hikers to take in the 360 degree views.
Mount Marquette, a 1,200 foot mountain, is accessible by car, mountain bike or foot and offers a spectacular view of the Marquette community including downtown, Lake Superior, Sugarloaf Mountain, Hogback Mountain and the Huron Mountain Range.
Downhill skiing and snowboarding on one of the longest vertical runs in the Midwest.
Hogback Mountain is one of the most difficult hikes in Marquette and is meant for more experienced hikers. Very few people even know how to get to this location, but it offers a view that is undoubtedly unique.
Noquemanon Trail Network
NMU students have free access to the Noquemanon Trail Network lying to the North and South of Marquette, with a trail head right on campus! Enjoy cross country skiing, biking, hiking and overall access year round.
Located on the North Country Hiking Trail, Wetmore Landing has a little bit of everything. Nearly immediate access from the parking lot to a Lake Superior beach and scenic hiking trails which hug the shoreline. There is also a hidden beach for students to explore!
Echo Lake Nature Preserve
Located 7.5 miles outside of Marquette, Echo Lake Nature Preserve is a fantastic place to escape studying and relax on the shores of a pristine lake surrounded by granite ridges. There are two miles of trails to follow through diverse ecosystems and old-growth forest, and a 20-acre lake with a sheer granite cliff on the south side. Bring a book or a kayak, your sketchbook or your hiking boots! The Preserve is owned by The Nature Conservancy, a global non-profit organization with a mission to conserve the lands and waters upon which all life depends.