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White Pine Interpretive Trail

Address: Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Grand Marais, MI 49839 United States
Countie(s) trail is located in: Alger
Trail Type(s): Hiking
Trail Measurement: 0.8 Miles
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Located in the Hiawatha National Forest, the White Pine Interpretive Trail is a must-visit destination for nature lovers. The trail is a short and easy loop that takes visitors through a majestic forest of towering white pines. As you hike, you’ll enjoy breathtaking views of the forest canopy, wildflowers, and a variety of birds and wildlife.

The trail is perfect for families with children and novice hikers, as it’s only 0.8 miles long and has a gentle incline. Along the way, you’ll find several interpretive signs that provide information about the forest ecosystem, wildlife, and history of the area. You’ll also see remnants of old logging camps and learn about the important role white pines played in the lumber industry.

The White Pine Interpretive Trail is open year-round, but it’s especially beautiful in the fall when the leaves turn golden and the forest is ablaze with color. In the winter, visitors can snowshoe or cross-country ski the trail, and in the spring and summer, the trail is lined with wildflowers and lush greenery.

If you’re looking for a peaceful and scenic escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, the White Pine Interpretive Trail is the perfect destination. Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture the natural beauty of this stunning trail in Alger County, Michigan.

This easy .8-mile loop begins at the Little Beaver Lake Campground. The trail includes a stand of 250-300-year-old white pines. Take 30 minutes to an hour to enjoy this walk on a warm summer day when the cool, moist microclimates of the north woods can be appreciated to their fullest. A brochure is available at the trailhead.

Hiking Tips

No matter what length, any hike is more fun if you are properly prepared. Always wear sturdy shoes. If you plan to be out an extended time, carry a snack and water, and let someone know where you are going and your expected time of return. Carry a map and compass and know how to use them. Lake Superior modifies local weather – be prepared for cool conditions and rain.


Pets are permitted only on specific trails – check the Pets brochure before you plan your hike. Bicycles are not permitted on trails. Backcountry permits are required only if you plan to camp overnight in the backcountry. Please use toilets where provided, otherwise, bury waste 4-6 inches deep and cover it with mineral soil. Thank you for carrying out your trash.

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  • Trail Measurement: 0.8 Miles


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