Dickinson County proposes southern U.P. bike trail

IRON MOUNTAIN – Dickinson County is proposing a southern Upper Peninsula route for a Michigan biking and hiking trail that would run some 900 miles from downstate Belle Isle to Ironwood.

The Dickinson plan is a viable alternative to a northern U.P. route along Lake Superior that was proposed last fall by Gov. Rick Snyder, said County Commissioner Barbara Kramer.

“One advantage we have is that we have more inter-county connect-ability with trail systems that already exist in the southern U.P.,” Kramer said.

The county board on Monday adopted a resolution of support for the southern route, and will now enlist the aid of Gogebic, Iron, Menominee, Delta, Schoolcraft and Mackinac counties to move the concept ahead.

“We anticipate that it will more less follow the route for U.S. Highway 2, with opportunities for stops at points of interest and sightseeing along the way,” Kramer said.