Michigan's Iron Belle Trail - Western Gateway Trail

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Michigan's Iron Belle Trail - Western Gateway Trail

Michigan's Iron Belle Trail - Western Gateway Trail
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Michigan's Iron Belle Trail starts (going East) and ends (going West) in Downtown Ironwood at beautiful Depot Park! Enjoy hiking and biking along the miles of trail that run from Ironwood to Bessemer. And, while you are enjoying “mile 0” of the trail, stop into the historic Ironwood Depot Museum or walk a block more and explore historic Aurora street, downtown’s historic main thoroughfare.
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Candace C
Ironwood, MI215 contributions
This is such a great place to walk or bike. From Ironwood you can either walk or bike to Hurley Wisconsin or to Bessemer Michigan-depending on how far you want to go. The wildflowers along the way are plentiful, beautiful and ever changing. You catch glimpses of deer and fox-many species of birds and butterflies and never ending trees galore.
Written June 26, 2017
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georgygirl
Ironwood, MI29 contributions
Friends
This is the best thing that has happened to our area. Young and old utilize the Iron Bell Trail. People walk, rides bikes, roller blade. One trail ones all the way to the /Wisconsin border. There is plans on extending the trail. Again a great addition for all
Written May 7, 2019
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laura m
Prior Lake, MN58 contributions
Friends
I was in the area when the trail opened last year but didn't have my bicycle with me. This year I brought my bike specifically to use the trail. Given the road conditions in this weather worn area, lots of pot holes and cracks, it's wonderful to have a nicely paved dedicated bike trail along a former railroad line. It goes through a wooded area, has benches and even picnic tables along the way and is a safe way to bike between Bessemer, Ironwood and Hurley (used to bike along the highway and this is better). True it's only 7 miles but you can bike it back and forth if you want to add more miles or go off onto city streets particularly in Ironwood. If you are walking please be aware that bicyclists can be coming up behind you quickly so don't take up the entire width of the path--it's mainly a biking trail.
Written July 8, 2018
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mark s
Barrington, IL230 contributions
Couples
This new trail right now is only 7 miles long to Bessemer but worth every mile. It is wide blacktopped with benches, picnic tables signs that explain the bridges and what you are seeing. I can't wait for the rest of the trail to be completed (All the way through the UP to Detroit!!!!!
Written October 11, 2017
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Dusty F
113 contributions
Business
What's interesting about this trail is that many times it runs parallel to a multi use trail. So purists who wants nothing but quiet may not care for it. However for those who understand that we need alternatives to roadways and places for recreation that drive tourism it's great.

I loved that the trail in and around Ironwood was so was marked with mileage signs as well as attractions along the way. You can easily slip into downtown for a meal or cold beverage or take a factory tour of Stormy Kromer.

The old Ironwood depot is now the Chamber and the architecture is firmly in tact. It is beside a park, and that's nice as well.

A great trail to run, walk, or bike while on a work trip.
Written September 22, 2017
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SilverRambler
Bentonville, AR18 contributions
Couples
Be aware that the Iron Belle Trail is NOT complete past Bessemer like the state website shows, this was very disappointing as we specifically planned our trip and stayed in Wakefield so we could ride bicycles in both directions. Past Bessemer you have to ride on HWY 2, there is no trail. That said the section of trail that is complete was very nice but there is little to do in Ironwood.
Written August 1, 2021
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Audge L
Yorkville, IL10 contributions
What a gem if you are in the Hurley, Ironwood, or Bessemer area. Bridges, wildflowers, birds, benches to sit on, garbage cans, and informational signs and mile markers are among the things you will see in this paved trail.
Written July 7, 2020
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Thank you for your excellent review of our trail! There are many volunteers that work many hours to make this trail so great.
Written July 8, 2020
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Jane
34 contributions
Solo
While on a business trip I wanted to stretch my legs before getting back in the car for a 4 hour drive so I stopped at the Iron Belle Trail to go for a walk. The trail is beautiful and extremely well kept. It would be great for biking too. Since I was walking I only went about 2 miles but I believe the trail goes all the way to Bessemer which is approximately 7 miles. I will definitely bring my bike the next time I drive this way.
Written September 18, 2019
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Rod S
Ironwood, MI25 contributions
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Beginning on the west side of the Montreal River in Hurley Wisconsin, the well paved Iron Belle trail crosses a nineteenth century railroad bridge into Michigan. A great trail for hikers and bikers, it leads you into Ironwood, the western most city in Michigan. Within a few hundred yards you come upon the Ironwood depot/historical center. This beautiful edifice was built in 1893 to accommodate the influx of immigrants and Americans seeking work in the great iron mines surrounding the area. A quarter billion tons of high grade ore passed the depot headed to the ore docks 40 miles west. Passing through Ironwood, the trail continues towards Bessemer. A variety of animals can be seen along the way such as deer, rabbits, Ruffed Grouse, turtles, ducks, and if you are fortunate like I was, an eagle!
About halfway to Bessemer you will cross an iron bridge built in the 1890’s. A bench is provided for those who wish to sit and admire the wonderful architecture of this piece of history.
As one continues past the bridge, a large pond comes into view compliments of a family of beaver, whose home can be viewed across the pond. Many species of trees are evident from hardwoods to softwoods as you make your way to Bessemer. With little more than a mile to go, you cross Powdermill creek. Again, a bench is provided to sit and listen to the tranquility of water tumbling over rocks. The trail terminates in Bessemer where, as along the entire trail, signposts will give you a history lesson of the beautifully scenic Iron Belle!
Written December 11, 2018
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Jamie W
Perry, MI50 contributions
Couples
If you enjoy running, blading or biking in nature this is the perfect trail to do it on. Very well kept and smooth ride. We enjoyed every bit of it. Use maps though to find it if you start in Bessemer- the entrance is back a bit from the main road.
Written September 10, 2018
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Thank you for your wonderful review of our trail, we are glad that you enjoyed it! The trail will soon be getting an extension through Bessemer to Ramsay, MI, and will be much easier to find when that is complete. Thank you for riding our trails!
Written September 11, 2018
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