Top 10 Best Mountain Bike Destinations East of the Rockies

Marquette, Michigan

Copper Harbor Mountain Bike Trails Michigan
Copper Harbor Trails, photo: jodzeee

Marquette is home to hundreds of miles of singletrack during the summer, and even when the forests of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula get buried in snow, there’s still over 50 miles of groomed singletrack to be ridden on fat bikes!

Located on the shores of Lake Superior, Marquette is both a deep northwoods and coastal town, providing a singular vibe and atmosphere to explore both on and off the bike.

Most of the singletrack around Marquette is found in the expansive Noquemanon Trails Network, or NTN for short. NTN is split into two separate sections: South (the largest) and North. Other trails range far and wide. During the winter, the Marquette Snow Bike Route is a unique groomed route through the network.

After you finish riding in Marquette, be sure to check out one of the four local breweries.

Bonus: if you’re really feeling like a big trip, head about 3 hours north to the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula for a great day of riding at the Copper Harbor Trail System. Copper Harbor isn’t close to anything, so you might as well include it in your Marquette trip!

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