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Tilden Township — The state has opened a new off-road vehicle route in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula that’s also for hiking, biking, snowmobiling and equestrian use.

The state Department of Natural Resources and the Iron Ore Heritage Recreation Authority are hosting a ribbon-cutting on Tuesday morning in Marquette County’s Tilden Township. The 19-mile-long trail connects the communities of Ishpeming, Clarksburg, Humboldt and Republic.

The DNR says the “Ishpeming to Republic ORV Route” is restricted to vehicles 65 inches in width or smaller.

The Iron Ore Heritage Trail and the DNR have worked together on the development of many miles of hiking and biking trails in Marquette County. The new route continues that collaboration, with the eventual goal of including Negaunee and Gwinn to the route.

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