Accessible Outdoor Fun in the Porcupine Mountains Area

There are fun outdoor activities for people of all ages and abilities in the Porcupine Mountains and Ontonagon area! If you’re looking for easy and accessible adventures, we have a variety of paved paths and gentle trails for you. Here are some of the best spots for a leisurely outdoor experience.


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Bond Falls

Make sure to turn onto Scenic Overlook Drive from Bond Falls Road to avoid a downhill hike without wheelchair access. Marvel at the majestic Bond Falls after a short paved trail, then boardwalks, which all meet ADA specs. This waterfall is one of the best in the area and the easiest to get to. You’re surrounded by towering trees as you adventure towards the sound of the falls. The roar of the water falling is extremely relaxing, also!


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Ontonagon Riverfront Park & Boardwalk

Start your adventure with a stroll along the Ontonagon Riverfront Boardwalk. This boardwalk offers a route along the picturesque Ontonagon River. It’s perfect for a relaxing experience! The even surface makes it accessible for wheelchairs and strollers alike. Enjoy the views and perhaps even spot some wildlife. Benches along the walkway provide spots to rest and take in the scenery. The well-groomed path to the Ontonagon Lighthouse is adjacent to the Ontonagon Riverfront Park. This is a quick easy walk if you want to learn more about the history of the area inside the lighthouse.


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Webber Park & Boardwalk

For another great path next to the Ontonagon River, visit Webber Park. There is a wooden boardwalk adjacent to the river and a well-groomed easy trail around Rose Island. Make sure to visit in the spring and summer for amazing birding opportunities! You can get to the Historic Ontonagon Railroad Bridge from this park, also. Be cautious if you decide to walk over the bridge, there are rather large gaps between each plank.


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Lake Superior Beach Pathway

Experience the vastness of Lake Superior by using the Lake Superior Beach Pathway on Lakeshore Drive. This easy, paved path is ideal for a leisurely walk or roll, offering panoramic views of the largest freshwater lake in the world (by surface area). There are some handicap accessible turnoffs along the route. You can bring a lunch to enjoy at the picnic table overlooking Lake Superior!


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Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park

The Porcupine Mountains are known for their rugged terrain and challenging hikes, but there are also several easy trails suitable for anyone. The Union Mine Interpretive Trail is a 1.1 mile well-groomed loop that takes you through the historic mining area with informational signage. The trail is accessible and perfect for a gentle/medium difficulty walk within nature and history. If you drive up to the Lake of the Clouds overlook, you’ll find handicap parking and a ramp to a wooden boardwalk that takes you to a stunning view.


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Ontonagon Township Park Wilderness Trail

Just a short drive from downtown Ontonagon, Ontonagon Township Park Wilderness Trail features a flat well-groomed trail that winds through beautiful greenery. This is ideal for a casual walk or bike ride. The ground is firm which makes for an easier experience in a wheelchair. Across the street there is a park that has picnic areas, playgrounds, beach access, and restrooms. This makes it a convenient spot for a full day of outdoor enjoyment!


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Tousignant Park Boardwalk

This boardwalk is located along the Ontonagon river and offers a short and easy stroll or walk with beautiful views of the Ontonagon River and Marina. There are also three handicap accessible fishing piers connected to this boardwalk. It’s a great place to relax, enjoy the flow of the river, and maybe catch a fish in Ontonagon County.


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Agate Falls

This is a great easy walk or roll on a paved path to a view from the top of a waterfall. Agate Falls is accessible via a trail from an MDOT roadside park on Highway M-28. There is a wheelchair accessible trail that is approximately 300 yards long to a viewing platform which allows you to look down upon Agate Falls. Bring a lunch or snack to enjoy at one of the tables at the roadside park to make a day of this adventure.


Tips for Your Visit

  • Weather: Ontonagon County’s weather can vary quickly. Be sure to dress in layers and be prepared for weather changes.
  • Footwear: Wear comfortable shoes to ensure a quality experience on the paths and use a wheelchair with bigger wheels.
  • Hydration: Bring water, especially in the summer months. Cramping can occur if you’re dehydrated on your adventure.
  • Respect Nature: Help preserve the beauty of Ontonagon County by staying on designated paths and disposing of trash.


Ontonagon County has a wealth of easy outdoor activities that allow you to enjoy the area’s natural beauty without the need for tons of extra effort. Whether you’re taking in the views along the Ontonagon River, exploring the history of the Porcupine Mountains area, or enjoying a relaxing stroll on the Lake Superior Beach Pathway, you’re sure to have a memorable experience!