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green Blodgett Marsh Trail

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Trail

4.6 mile 7.4 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Easy

Elevation

Ascent: 13' 4 m
Descent: -34' -10 m
High: 548' 167 m
Low: 524' 160 m

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Max Grade: 2% (1°)

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Trail shared by Eric Ashley

A lollipop loop through open prairie and marsh

Eric Ashley

Features Birding · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly Kids can easily handle this trail, and will enjoy meandering alongside its tall grasses.

The trails in Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie are open year-round from 4:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Description

The Blodgett Marsh Trail begins right where the Prairie Creek Woods Trail leaves the road. Head north to follow a mown-grass trail paralleling the fence until a left turn takes hikers onto a road trace leading to a bridge over Prairie Creek.

On the other side of Prairie Creek, a mown path meanders deeper into the prairie giving visitors a glimpse into a tallgrass landscape that once dominated the area. As you near areas of standing water, be on the lookout for birds and wildlife.

The trail eventually splits to form a lollipop loop that brings visitors near the park boundary before returning back to the south and reaching the stretch of trail on which they arrived.

Shade is almost non-existent, so come prepared with plenty of water and sunscreen on warm and sunny days. Long pants and sturdy footwear are recommended.

Flora & Fauna

The restored prairie is home to a host of species of native plants, wildlife, birds, and interesting spiders.

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