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The Western Gateway trail is part of the western portion of the greater Iron Belle Trail. It runs from Ironwood, on the Michigan-Wisconsin border, eastward to Ramsay, in Bessemer Township, Michigan. The multi-use pathway follows the old Soo Line Railroad right-of-way. Ironwood acts as a gateway to the Western Upper Peninsula (U.P.), famous for its diverse natural heritage and stunning beauty. Whether walking, biking or snowshoeing, the Western Gateway trail provides exceptional views of the trailhead towns and the surrounding woodlands.
Ironwood is "mile 0" of the Iron Belle Trail, which will provide a complete trail route across the state when the project is fully realized, terminating at Belle Isle, Detroit. Future plans include extending the Western Gateway Trail to the east out to Wakefield, as well as providing a seamless connection to the Iron Horse Trail in Hurley, Wisconsin to the west.
Traveling west on US Route 2, turn right onto Business US-2/Douglas Boulevard. Drive for 1/4 mile into Downtown Ironwood; parking is available at Depot Park trailhead, between Frederick Street and Ayer Street.
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