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Directions - About 7 miles east of Rapid River on U.S. 2, head south on County Road 497.  There will be a sign on the right side of the road designating the turn off.  The parking area is a just a few yards down a gravel road.

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Nahma Marsh Trail

The Nahma Marsh Trail was constructed in 1993.  The trail winds through wildlife habitat inside the Hiawatha National Forest.  The path is not groomed but is usually nice and firm with boardwalks over wet areas.  There are several benches along the trail and a two level viewing platform at the end of the 1/3 mile walk.

Nahma Marsh Trail

The marsh and surrounding forest are home to grouse, deer, squirrels, heron, muskrat, cranes, songbirds and eagles.  Across County Road 497 from the trrailhead is the Sturgeon River, a designated Wild and Scenic River. All this and more are surrounded by 75,000 acres of Hiawatha National Forest in Nahma Township.

This 0.3 mile linear trail once crept under a dense cedar forest, but a windstorm in 1997 leveled the trees leaving hikers today with broad vistas of the marsh. Rest areas with benches are space every 200 feet or so along the trail.  The trail has regained its natural appearance as the forest heals from the effects of the wind storm.  If you go in the spring, especially early May, you might spot eagles.  During an afternoon visit in the first week of May 2012, I encountered two pairs of Bald Eagles.  Based on their aggressive behavior I would guess that they were nesting.