XC Ski and Snowshoe Trails

Tahquamenon Country is a ski and snowshoer’s dream! A trip through this snow-covered land brings travelers peace of mind. Whether you are going for a short hike to the Falls, or a long journey through quiet woods, there is something magical about exploring Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in the winter.



Cross Country Skiing

Tahquamenon Falls State Park

Clark Lake Loop – 5.2 miles: Trail accessed from Clark Lake road, 11 miles southwest of Paradise. The trail is not groomed. If the trail has not been accessed recently, you may find yourself breaking trail for the trip. For this reason, the loop is recommended for experienced snowshoers only.

Emerson Trail (Tahquamenon Falls State Park) – 1 mile: Located near the Rivermouth Campground on the Tahquamenon River. An excellent snowshoeing trail for those travelling near the river. The Emerson trail is not groomed.

Giant Pines Loop (Tahquamenon Falls State Park) – 3.8 miles: This loop leads travelers through a forest of ancient hemlocks. The highlights of the trail are two giant white pine trees left over from the late 1800′s logging era. Trail is groomed. Leashed dogs not permitted.

Nature Trail (Tahquamenon Falls State Park) – .5 miles: If you are in search of snowshoeing activities, this trail offers visitors an alternative route on their journey from the frozen Upper Tahquamenon Falls to the parking lot and is featured on the lantern lit tours occurring in Tahquamenon Falls State Park during February. Nature Trail is groomed. Leashed dogs not permitted.

River Trail (Tahquamenon Falls State Park) – 4.8 miles: The famous Michigan snowshoeing trail between the Upper and Lower Tahquamenon Falls. The River Trail reveals amazing sites as you travel along the Tahquamenon River and is considered the most scenic trail in the park. The view of the Upper and Lower Tahquamenon Falls are the highlights of this snowshoe trek.

Wilderness Loop (Tahquamenon Falls State Park) – 7.4 miles: Snowshoeing in Michigan will bring you to new adventures with each location. The Wilderness Loop runs through the most remote areas of the park through old hemlock forests. The trail features a notable beaver pond and dam on the loop’s eastern portion. The trail is not groomed.


Paradise Pathway – Two loops of Paradise snowshoeing totaling over 6 miles. Located just 1 mile west of Paradise on M-123. In addition, hundreds of miles of plowed logging roads are available in the immediate region and prime for exploring.