Whenever I get the chance, I like to spend time outdoors exploring the area woods and streams. As a working parent, I don’t always have the time to go on camping trips or prolonged hikes. There are many trails through the forests of Upper Michigan and Northern Wisconsin. I have picked three day-hikes I enjoy taking my daughter on in the Watersmeet area.
- Star Lake Nature Trail is located in Star Lake, Wisconsin off County Highway K, just a few miles over the state line. This trail is about 2.5 miles long and goes along the edge of Star Lake. The lake is a clear, sandy bottomed lake and the trail is close enough to the lake to jump right in and swim if you have a mind to. There is a hand water pump available at the trail head as well picnic tables along the trail, so pack a lunch. Sights that you will see include a red pine plantation and a natural bog with a boardwalk that leads you through it. Plant lovers will see irises and black tea plants as well as wild cranberry brush. Be sure to bring a camera, loons are often at the waters edge, and several eagle nests are in the area. There are also at least two geocaches hidden on the trail. No pets are allowed on this hike. There is no fee for this trail.
- Black River Harbor and Rainbow Falls are located near Ironwood, Michigan. This trail takes you to Rainbow Falls. This 40 foot waterfall makes a big spray of mist and when sunlight filters through it rainbows appear. There is a suspended foot bridge to cross at Black River Harbor This waterfall is right by Lake Superior, so pack a lunch and plan to spend the whole day basking in nature’s beauty. Salmon swim up the river to the falls to spawn in the fall. This is a photographers dream day hike!
- Bond Falls is located in Paulding, Michigan. Owned by Upper Peninsula Power Company, this waterfall has a trail with steps and bridges that lead to an observation deck at the bottom. There is also an alternate route that allows for handicap access. A beautiful spot to visit year round with camping and swimming nearby.