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A good loop. Bring bug spray in the summer!

hiking
15 days ago

Great trial to spend 4-6 hours on. Bring boots if it has rained recently as parts can get really muddy.

Great hike. Bring bug spray.

For the location in the middle of a very populated area, it doesn’t get much better....I hit this trail on lunch often

hiking
25 days ago

This trail was very pretty. It was marked really well and not confusing at all. The covered bridge was in a random spot off the trail. Definitely will bring bug spray next time. The majority of it was stroller friendly except the stairs, but if you have a friend who’s willing to help get the stroller up them then you’re fine!

Love hiking here with my pup!

walking
1 month ago

Great short trail to walk, half shade half sun. A few cop bridges to go over and even caught a glimpse of wildlife. Only bad part was the fallen tree over the trail that I had to lift the stroller over. Other than that, would do again!

on Atwater Loop Trail

1 month ago

Follow the lookout trail to the land bridge to cross over to the North hiking trails. No bikes allowed. Well marked trails with colored arrows but parts were pretty overgrown.

Great trail. Fairly easy to follow the markers. Takes me about 5 hours to complete the full loop.

Went for the first time and overall it was good. The weather was extremely hot and I thought the path would have been covered more but a lot more open field then I thought. I would definitely do it again. I had some bug repellent on but the horseflies were bad.

For the parents: Also thought it had great stuff for kids on the path, educational, however not stroller friendly in the woods.

on Atwater Loop Trail

1 month ago

Pretty trails. Not super well marked, lots of off-shoots. Most of the time I wasn't actually on the official trails. The app kept me going in the right direction though!

Nice shady, easy walk with parks at both ends of this point to point trail. The Byron Center road park is open. Burlingame is not open. There are barriers closing the parking lot. Very quiet with lots of parking and few people for what it can accomodate. Quiet enough I'm going to take a nap!

cross country skiing
1 month ago

A hidden gem of a park with deer, raccoon, cranes, and chickadees through the winter. It boasts surprising vistas with tall, deep forests in between and after a fresh snowfall it is gorgeous.

hike this trail a few times a week. local in Kalamazoo, paved and well maintained

Love it! Great family fun time!!

Be prepared for Defcon 5-level mosquitoes. Much of the Waterloo side is covered in horse excrement, and the horses also do a pretty good job of tearing up the trail, so parts of it will feel like walking through sand. The Pinckney side has much higher quality trails, both in terms of scenery and trail maintenance. Ran into one person on the trail while hiking during weekdays.

Itinerary: Portage Lake trailhead > Pines campground > Green Lake Campground > Silver Lake. Around 10-11 miles each day for a 3 day/2 night sprint.

Be aware that Green Lake campground is a drive in campsite and there may be plenty of people on the weekends, so try to arrive early as you cannot reserve in advance and must self-register (bring cash, $17).

Pines DOES have water about 1/4 mile north - there is a water spigot near the gate to the stable area.

Green Lake also has a water pump.

Just remember to permethrin your gear, wear deet, and wear long sleeve shirts/pants.

hiking
2 months ago

For the visually gifted, the grasslands trails offer a fantastic opportunity for the ornathologically minded. Though, trail signs offer those such as myself with poor sight an audio based guide to bird songs.

As for the Grand River, it’s beauty spills right over the banks giving shins and knees a first hand look at this West Michigan aquatic wonder. If you’re willing to get a bit wet, the trail along the bank of the river is a great view.

Beautiful trail, lots of mosquitos, and plenty or birding opportunities. 8.5 out of 10

Trail was poorly marked, but a fun hike none the less. Eve when off-trail, was easy to get back on. Lots of great views of the dunes and lake.

hiking
2 months ago

There were two bathrooms on the trial, one at the beginning and one in the campground.
The map provided at the trail head covers all the trails in the area, I preferred to use the AllTrails app. However, if you wish to know what the trail markers mean, you will need to reference the map they provide.
Nice shaded hike through the forest to begin, we took a left at the first fork to save the overlook view of Lake Michigan for last. The trail runs next to Muskegon Lake and provides a nice view.
We didn't like how the trail leads you through a swimming area before you reach the channel. We also were not fans of the walk on the campground road as this lasted longer than we would have liked.
We decided to extend the hike a bit once we reached the channel between Muskegon Lake and Lake Michigan, this gave us a nice view of the light houses.
I do agree with some of other reviews, this trail is poorly marked. As you hike the sand dune ridge, there are some great views. There are two overlooks with benches. Thank you Gramma Gwen, we really enjoyed the rest.
Overall, it was a nice hike with diverse scenery. Some of the sandy hills were really good exercise, I agree with the moderate rating.

hiking
3 months ago

This trail is located in the Grand River flood basin, so depending on the season sections of the trails can be flooded and there are plenty of mosquitos to keep you company. That being said, this is one of my favorite trails and I have been hiking here with my son since he was about 4.

Great trail for being so close to home. Much more elevation than you would expect so it's good for a long weekend backpacking hike and training. I did about 15 miles a day for the first two days. I ended up doing about 38 miles when I included hikes to water and camp sites.

hiking
3 months ago

Incredible! Started at the Pedestrian Lot, walked along the beach until the Little Sable Lighthouse. Then find Ruckel's Bridge along the road. Ends with a 3 mile hike through open dunes or along the western shore of Silver Lake. Must do! This is a challenging hike - bring lots of water.

It was stunning!! We really enjoyed it!! Got off the trail a couple times! The hike was enjoyable though! Markers need to be better!

walking
3 months ago

Great place to go if you like a lot of commotion.

Not a loop.
Not moderate.
This trail is DEFINITELY easy. It's a flat paved path through the whole thing. You see nature and trees and can hear the river that's not even close to the paved path besides the 1 bridge. If you're just walking your dog or with a stroller this is decent. Short. But meh...

walking
3 months ago

Easy hike. Still a bit muddy, but beautiful when against the grand river! Was very pretty. Different paths with different scenery. Cute park with a lake. Would go again for a quick relaxing walk in the woods.

One of the most beautiful hikes I’ve had! Views are amazing, I’ve lived here almost 20 years and have never hiked here. What was I thinking. Only passed one hiker today, highly recommend this trail.

hiking
3 months ago

Lots of good trails to choose from depending on what level of exercise you are looking for.

hiking
4 months ago

This is one of the better hikes I've done in the lower peninsula. It definitely exceeded my expectations. There's diverse terrain, elevation, and gorgeous views of Lake Michigan and rolling dunes. You'll get the heart rate up, but nothing too strenuous. I went on a Thursday afternoon on a cloudy day in late March, and only passed two or three people on the 4.3 mile loop. Not sure how active it is in the summertime. You will definitely want to use the AllTrails app for this hike, as you will encounter many other trails that branch off the main path with no markers or signs. Navigation can be a little tricky at times, and lack of helpful markers in many areas is the only reason I didn't rate this trail a full 5 stars. But it's nice to know there are other trails to explore if you decide to go back!

hiking
4 months ago

Nice trails with a little of everything, woods, meadows, lake and river. I've hike it several times and other than a little mud and flooding in the spring, no complaints.

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