Several loops and terrain that's not overly difficult make this a good hike for kids, though you may want to shorten it.
Don't hike during spring freeze/thaw cycle.
Nine miles of trail including many bike-specific log piles and a few wooden bridges. Enjoy this great network of trails that have continued to increase in length and the fun factor over the last few years. It's actually one of Michigan's best-kept secrets.
Need to Know
The number one tip is to bring bug spray. Be careful of poison ivy along the edge of several trails.
This hike offers a little of everything that you'll find in Michigan: tight, twisty singletrack through heavily-wooded areas, open doubletrack, switchbacks, and some interesting bike-specific areas.
The hike is considered moderately technical. There aren't many big climbs, but there are three short and steep ones with switchbacks all in a row. The trails dry out fast in the rain, and this is one of the first areas to be ready after the spring thaw. There's some sand, but things still hold up well even into the late summer.
The full hike is nearly 11 miles in length, but it's possible to shorten things at many different points depending on your appetite for mileage and available time (it can seem a lot longer when you are hiking it). New signage installed in 2016 makes it one of Michigan's best-marked trails! Two trailhead kiosks, one at the Stubnitz Center and one in the soccer parking lot. Paper maps available at both.
Flora & Fauna
The park is home to white-tailed deer, wild turkeys, several frog species, and garter snakes. Hawks, geese, and ducks can also be seen in the park. Particularly astute observers may also see tiger salamanders, field mice, or a red fox.
History & Background
The area was a family farm until the early 70's.
Shared By: Todd Blumerick