Tyoga Historical Pathway


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Tyoga Historical Pathway Facts

States: Michigan
Counties: Alger
Length: 1.4 miles
Trail end points: Deerton and Deerton
Trail surfaces: Ballast, Dirt, Grass
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6016123

Tyoga Historical Pathway Description

The Tyoga Historical Pathway is a remote, 1.4-mile loop trail deep in the woods of northern Michigan. From State Route 28 (M-28), the trail is about 2 miles north on North Point Road (Laughing Whitefish Rd.); follow the signs on M-28 to the trail. You'll be about 3 miles north of the tiny community of Deerton.

The Tyoga Historical Pathway is deep in the tangled woods of the Escanaba River State Forest. The loop takes you around the remains of an old logging town, where workers from the Tyoga Lumber Company lived between 1905 and 1907. Interpretive signs with photographs relate some colorful and personal tales of the people who once lived here. When the Tyoga Lumber Company was incorporated on March 7, 1905, 3 million board feet of timber had been cut. A sawmill and town were set up to process the lumber.

The trail is often wet and boggy; bring plenty of bug repellent and waterproof gear. It also gets narrow and periodically floods. Rocks and roots make for rough going but the journey is well worth it, especially for history buffs. In winter the trail is not groomed but backcountry skiing and snowshoeing are welcome activities.

Parking and Trail Access

From Michigan Route 28 (M-28) north of Deerton, Michigan in Alger County, take North Point Road/Laughing Whitefish Road (a dirt road) about 2 miles north. Follow the road signs to the pathway. Parking is available.

Tyoga Historical Pathway Reviews

rustic & buggy but well marked

The trail is very rustic and hardly groomed but well marked with blue spray paint. If you are hoping to see ruins if historical significance then you will be disappointed. There are signs with pictures describing what is believed was once there. It’s very buggy so spray down completely before you go. It’s also muddy so you will want hiking boots. Anything of real concern, though, has wooden planks. It has tons of roots so watch your step. I have no idea how anyone skis that path.

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