Fat Tire Bike & Trail Access

NMU Administration at Snowfest 2018

It is well-known that we have a lot of snow in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. In fact, Marquette often receives over 200 inches of snowfall in the winter. How do we survive the long winter and keep our spirits up? We get out and play in the fresh fluff!

Northern Michigan University has partnered with the Noquemanon Trail Network (NTN) to provide current NMU students FREE access to an interconnected, year-round, non-motorized land and water trail system and the ability to check out cross-country skis, snowshoes and fat bikes for daily use.

The unique NMU-NTN partnership offers students unlimited access to hundreds of miles of trails, free equipment rentals and access to lessons. In turn, this provides a value-added benefit for the NMU student experience, encourages sustainable transportation and recreation habits, and provides healthy, year-round outdoor activities that are easily accessible from campus.


NMU Named Bicycle Friendly University

Bicycle Friendly University

Northern Michigan University has achieved bronze-level Bicycle Friendly University status, according to the awards announced Oct. 17 by the League of American Bicyclists. NMU is making its first appearance on the annual listing.


Click HERE to read the press release!


NMU TrailheadNMU Trailhead Logo

If you already have equipment, you can start right from campus! The recently constructed NMU Trailhead connects campus to the North Trails and South Trails of the NTN. This non-motorized trail is intended for mountain bikers, trail runners, hikers, and other outdoor recreation enthusiasts. The on-campus trailhead serves as a meeting place for everyone from NMU students and employees to Marquette community members. Just follow the signs from the NMU Trailhead to the trails!


Free Rental Equipment

On Campus:

Students can rent fat tire bikes from campus at the Wildcat Fit Zone (during Fall & Winter Semesters) located between Hunt/Van Antwerp and Magers/Meyland Halls. Fat tire bikes are available at the Outdoor Recreation Center (ORC) in the PEIF during the Summer. Snowshoes and cross country skis are available for rental on campus at the ORC.

Off Campus:

Students can also rent fat tire bikes, cross country skis, and snowshoes from the NTN Forestville Trailhead. Forestville Trailhead amenities include free parking, a warming lodge, indoor bathrooms, a hospitality desk staffed 7 days a week (during the winter), and canine-friendly trails.


What to BringNTN_Trail_Etiquette.jpg

  • NMU IN (to verify that you are a student)

  • Comfortable winter biking clothing (here are some tips)

  • Water bottle and a snack (if you’re planning to be gone for a long time)

  • Headlamp (if you’re going after dark)

Helmets and fat tire bikes are provided free of charge. If you prefer to use your personal helmet, you are welcome to do so.


Learn More About Marquette Trails

Watch the news story of the NMU Trailhead opening event from TV6 or watch the film Cold Rolled to see why we love fat tire bikes in Marquette!


Important Trail Information

  • Trail use contains inherent risk. Use trails at your own risk.
  • Trails are multipurpose, unless signed otherwise, so please respect all trail users and “Be Nice, Say Hi!”.
  • Stay updated with trail etiquette, read trail reports, and be prepared for weather changes.
  • For Emergencies while on the trail dial 9-1-1.


Local Trail Maps

Click a map below for the full, expanded version.

North Trails (Spring, Summer, Fall)

Marquette North Trails Map 2018-2019

South Trails (Spring, Summer, Fall)

Marquette South Trails Map 2018-2019

North Trails Snow Bike Route (NSBR)Marquette North Trails Snow Bike Route (NSBR)

South Trails Snow Bike Route (SBR)Marquette South Trails Snow Bike Route (SBR)

Forestville Cross Country Ski TrailsForestville Cross Country Ski Trail Map