Michigan opens new Upper Peninsula off-road vehicle route; hikers, bikers also can use trail

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TILDEN TOWNSHIP, Michigan — The state has opened a new off-road vehicle route in Michigan's Upper Peninsula that's also for hiking, biking, snowmobiling and equestrian use.

The state Department of Natural Resources and the Iron Ore Heritage Recreation Authority plan to host a ribbon-cutting on Tuesday morning in Marquette County's Tilden Township. The 19-mile-long trail connects the communities of Ishpeming, Clarksburg, Humboldt and Republic.

"We recognize the importance of connecting communities with ORV routes," Michigan DNR recreation specialist Ron Yesney said in a statement. "This is a good first step, and we're pleased to partner with agencies ... to improve recreation opportunities throughout the state."

The "Ishpeming to Republic ORV Route" is restricted to vehicles 65 inches in width or smaller, the DNR said.

The Iron Ore Heritage Trail and the DNR have worked together on the development of many miles of hiking and biking trails in Marquette County. The new route continues that collaboration, with the eventual goal of including Negaunee and Gwinn to the route.

Others are involved in the new trail, including the Moose Country Snowmobile Club that officials said worked to repair bridges along the route.


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