Norwich Bluff Fall Color Hike (10/13/2018)

Contact(s): Ian Shackleford, Lisa Klaus

IRONWOOD, Mich. (OCTOBER 8, 2018) – The Ottawa National Forest is offering a guided fall color hike at Norwich Bluff on Saturday, October 13, 2018.  This event is one of many nationwide events being held in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System. 

Participants will hike 3.5 miles along the North Country Trail, enjoy the view from the top of Norwich Bluff, and learn about the history of the Norwich copper mine.  The hike will be moderately difficult due to the steep terrain. 

Meet at 10:00 a.m. (EDT) at the North Country Trail trailhead on Norwich Road, 9.5 miles north of Highway M28 (near Ewen) or 12.8 miles south from Highway M64 (near Ontonagon).  Please bring water, boots, backpack with lunch, and blaze orange clothing.  More information is available on the Ottawa National Forest website at, or by calling Ian Shackleford at 906-285-6911.

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