The Nara Nature Park is a 100 acre nature park donated to the City of Houghton by Bob and Ruth Nara. The park is located two miles east of the Michigan Tech University campus at the east end of the Houghton Waterfront Trail. The Nara Nature Park is linked to the Michigan Tech University trails with a combination of over 50 miles of trails for hiking, running, biking, skiing, and snowshoeing. The Nara Nature Park also has a sledding hill and a chalet. The chalet houses an interpretive display featuring the different plant species and wildlife within the Park. The building also has a fireplace, restrooms with showers, and a concession area.
The Nara Nature Trail is a 6 foot wide, 4,500 foot long elevated boardwalk running on both sides of the Pilgrim River. This boardwalk has fishing sites, benches, and access for launching kayaks and canoes.
The Peepsock Trail, a ¾ mile long trail that follows Peepsock Creek to the Portage Lake Shoreline.
The Nara Park Chalet is available for use by groups for Nara Park related
activities only with permission from the City Manager. Please call Scott
MacInnes at 483-4647 to schedule group use.
Boat launches and river access.
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Nara Nature Park reviews
This is a really fun hiking spot and a good place to sled with the kids. My daughter took a few of her friends here for her 9th birthday and they had a blast. Overall a really fun place that I would..... more »
My family and I love to hike the Nara Nature Trail. Unfortunaly the winter has been harsh on this gem and only a small portion is usable. Does anyone know if there will be an opportunity for folks to.... more »
Beautiful. My one and only complaint is that there are no trash bins! They give you baggies for dog poo, yet no trash! I get it’s in the woods, but not even one bin in the parking lot? That leaves me with throw the doggy doo on the ground or drive it home with me.
Really nice walkway. Hopefully the boardwalk will be rebuilt. It was a really pleasant walk with our dog.
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