Grand Island
Grand Island
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Great biking trail on the 20-mile perimeter of the Upper Peninsula.
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lgregg2017
Wooster, OH8 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
Grand Island, in itself, is beautiful. It is also home to clouds of mosquitoes & black flies, so repellent and a bug net is needed. I gave my trip to the island 2 stars due to the very poor service of the Grand Island Ferry. I rented a mountain bike & dog carrier for my 16 lb Cavapoo. They took my height, so I expected a bike that would fit my frame. The bike was so large only my fingertips could touch the handlebars. The seat was initially set for my height, but the seat post clamp gradually allowed the seat to sink to the frame, resulting in my dismounting periodically to pull the seat up and retighten the clamp. My dog refused to get into the crate, opting to run alongside. This was a blessing as the trails were so rough the crate overturned once. My friend, who also brought her dog & was given a dog/child Burley trailer, had the trailer overturn with her dog in it. Her dog wasn't injured, but could have been. Given the Burley is also a child carrier, I can't imagine what could potentially happen. Lastly, a couple of days following the bike ride I was examining my receipt when I realized I had been overcharged. I had a national park pass and the Michigan recreation pass, but they charged me for it anyway. I did call and question the charge; they told me since I didn't provide proof at the time I booked passage they added the cost to met bill, but they didn't ask, either. All other national and state parks I have visited always ask.
Written July 4, 2023
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Alexis W
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
Only regret was I wish we would’ve known what we got ourselves into ahead of time. The views were absolutely amazing, but you definitely have to work for them. The trails were very difficult between the elevation changes, mud, sand, and narrow paths. I also recommend to take a map with you and check it often… we ended up taking the wrong turn and went through the middle (highly DO NOT recommend as it was all up hill). Definitely pack a lot of bug spray, water, and food. Just be prepared for a long day of biking / hiking, but the views are incredible.
Written June 30, 2022
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Debbie H
Kalamazoo, MI1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
We visited the island for the first time and enjoyed the guided bus tour. The guide Harry was so educated and had a wealth of knowledge on the history of the island. He really shared his passion for this place and allowed us to explore the beauty of the island. A definite must visit again!!
Written August 22, 2021
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rkh32018
83 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
We had two experiences with Grand Island. The first was taking a Pontoon around it and seeing all the beautiful cliffs, landscape and beaches. The second was a bus tour onto the island offered by the Ferry. The bus stopped at several beautiful lookouts, 2 or 3 beaches, a cool cemetery, a old cabin and a hunting lodge. We were able to go into both buildings which was worthwhile. While on the tour we saw hikers, bikers and just people hanging out on the beaches. I believe it is definitely an island you should visit once if in the area.
Written July 26, 2023
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Elsa C. L.
New York City, NY4,618 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
We saw a view of the Grand Island from an elevated viewing deck south of Rt. 28 then drove down to the dock where the waters of Lake Superior hits the shores. I anticipate that bikers must take a boat to bike the island. In the gift shop, there were ladies who were renting canoes.
Written July 12, 2022
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Jen Solano d
15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
We did not have mountain bikes so we opted for the 12 mile loop on the island. We took the 9am ferry over so we had plenty of time to do that. Take your own lunch as there aren't any places to get food. It is a beautiful island with a lot of history.
Written September 27, 2021
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SamStayedHome
11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
Biked in 4 miles from ferry, water about a mile from cabin, bike trail around island was in good shape, we didn’t see the bears, but everyone else did. Cabin was clean, tip—double up on the very thin mattresses. It is a beautiful place.
Written September 20, 2022
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jennifer
Michigan18 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
Our family of 5 biked and hiked Grand Island. We stayed in the Sunset Cabin for two nights. We had a lot of fun, but be prepared as this is for more experienced campers. We had to hike our stuff in (3.5 miles). The mosquitos and black flies are no joke! The biking was fun and challenging at times but the views were amazing. There are places to refill water but you still need to pack some in and plan your stops to refill accordingly. We swam on the beach at Murray Bay and it was refreshing and amazing!
Written July 2, 2023
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arthury85
Glens Falls, NY54 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
If you have the time when visiting Pictured Rocks Lakeshore, take the ferry over to Grand Island. It is a quiet beautiful place to enjoy. We took the bus ride tour which I highly recommend. The tour was interesting and the guide was very infrmative
Written July 2, 2022
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Sandra H
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
I can highly recommend the Riptide Ride jet boat tour of Grand Island. The captain was so cool and fun. Very knowledge about the island. Plus you get to have some real fun in-between the sights. A lot of FUN!
Written July 11, 2022
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