Haywire Grade (J Route)

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The Haywire Grade, also called the J Route, is a designated full-size route managed by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. The road is mostly gravel but has mixed sections of sand and hard-packed dirt and an old rail line. It connects the towns of Shingleton and Manistique and connects with the C Route that travels just southwest of Munising. The road travels through thick hardwood forests, with a few patches of pine that has been reforested. As you travel by marshland, the tree canopy opens up between the wooded sections. This is one of the many rails to trails road, as this one is built upon the old "Haywire Grade," completed and operating in 1896. The DNR provides well-written informational kiosks as your drive the road that describes the historical rail stops. No camping along the route.