Michigan August 07, 2016
These Little-Known Mountains In Michigan Will Completely Astound You
When you think about Michigan, you likely imagine sprawling freshwater beaches, gorgeously shaded hiking trails, towering rock formations, and acres of lovely farmland across the state. But did you know that Michigan also has its own incredible mountain range? The Porcupine Mountains will be your new favorite destination in the Upper Peninsula.
Affectionally called “The Porkies,” the Porcupine Mountains are a small but majestic group of mountains situated on the shores of Lake Superior in the northwestern part of the Upper Peninsula.
The mountains boast a long and fascinating history, beginning with the native Ojibwa people, who gave the Porkies their name — supposedly, the silhouette of the mountains creates the shape of a porcupine.
During the 19th century, the Porkies were home to extensive copper mining operations. Until 1912, the Nonesuch Mine was the most well-known of these mining groups in the mountains.
Visitors to the mountains today will be treated to a variety of breathtaking views and attractions. At the top of the list is the Lake of the Clouds, a large body of inland water that provides a refreshing break from a long day of hiking.
Porcupine Mountains State Park was officially named in the mid 1940s and its 87 miles of hiking trails, rustic cabins, and various waterfront access areas were established in the early 1970s. The mountains are also home to several guided programs led by park rangers.
Animal-lovers rejoice: the Porkies offer shelter to hundreds of species, including a large population of black bears. Other fauna in the area includes coyotes, foxes, river otters, moose, bobcats, and — of course — porcupines.
In all seasons, the Porcupine Mountains offer a fun and scenic getaway to nature-loving Michiganders of many ages. Whether you stop in for a hike, a ski trip, or simply a quick walk through the stunning forest shade, you won’t be disappointed by the Porkies.
Tell us: what’s your favorite mountain activity? Have you had a chance to try it in the beautiful Porcupine Mountains?