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Best Hikes Ever: Grand Island Loop, MI

Hike along bluffs and fern forests in total solitude on Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Locals (called yoopers) on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula know there’s more to see around Lake Superior than the famed (and oft-covered in the pages of this magazine) Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and the namesake waterway that inspired Ernest Hemingway’s Big Two-Hearted River. Little-visited Grand Island National Recreation Area borders the shore with sea cliffs, serene coves, and secluded backcountry campsites.

Hike the Rim Trail for a 17-mile circle around Grand Island’s shoreline and along grassy roads through the interior’s fern-filled forests. Close the loop with a 2.5-mile roadwalk. Access via the Grand Island Landing ferry ($15 includes the $2 entrance fee). Pack binocs: You can see Pictured Rocks two miles distant.

Maps USGS quads Wood Island and Munising (all quads $8 each, store.usgs.gov)

Contact (906) 387-2512; fs.fed .gov/r9/hiawatha

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