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    Naomi Karth reviewed Hartman Creek State Park

    almost 3 years ago

    We followed the ice age trail section in & through this area. Trail well marked & maintained. Loved the depth of the forest. Also grateful for the pit toilets! Beautiful area!

    Naomi Karth completed Dike Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    Naomi Karth reviewed Emmons Creek

    almost 3 years ago

    This is a beautiful & wild area to hike! Probably my favorite from our recent trip to the area. A little challenging (though I had already completed a 6 mile loop earlier so was worn down)! Just a great area to spend time in & feel renewed!

    Naomi Karth completed Oak Ridge Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    Naomi Karth reviewed Ice Age National Scenic Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    We recently vacationed in WI & our first stop was just half a mile from a trail head. Spent over 28 miles on the trail while there & loved it! We did the Hartman & Eammon creek sections, plus the Mecan River section. So beautiful & a lonely variety of terrain! Planning a section hike for 10 days on it next year!

    Naomi Karth completed Ice Age Trail to Lapham Peak

    almost 3 years ago

    Naomi Karth reviewed Skyline Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    Using stairs to see dunes feels like cheating, so we added a two part loop hike through the dunes (out to marker 29 and back) to earn the views.

    The boardwalk is nice & easy, so a little more high traffic. Didn't see a soul on the actual dune trails, but it was raining while we were out. The dam was pretty cool. And we saw a lot of deer among the dune scrub.

    Overall, very enjoyable!

    Naomi Karth completed Skyline Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    Naomi Karth reviewed Tahquamenon Falls

    almost 3 years ago

    Main trail is paved, but there are other trail options- including a jaunt out & back on the NCT. Highly recommend finding the lower traffic areas. One star off for the touristy feel of the entire place & extremely high traffic areas. The falls themselves are gorgeous & well worth the trip. I recommend taking the nature trail from the upper falls parking lot & approaching them from afar- rather than funneling in with the crowd. Late afternoon seemed a much better time to be there population-wise. It was packed around 11am.

    Naomi Karth completed Upper and Lower Tahquamenon Falls

    almost 3 years ago

    Naomi Karth reviewed Pokagon Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    We were hesitant after seeing reviews of mosquitoes, but since Indiana is essential all seasonal marshland right now, what the heck. Pleasantly surprised!

    Saw very few bugs period. Loved trail 3 and 9 the most. Wish Hell's Point had been harder & the stairs going down- blah. The stables were neat. Did find overall layout of trails, bike trails & roads a wee bit confusing & there aren't some trail heads were detailed on map. But all that is to be expected in a state park we've learned.

    One star off for the stupid people we met on the trail. People screaming, doing things that are prohibited in state parks, ignoring posted signage, littering profusely. It was pathetic. Please do not go hiking if you aren't prepared to be an adult. Many of the kids we saw were acting better behaved.

    Naomi Karth completed Pokagon Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    Naomi Karth completed Chain O'Lakes Trails Loop

    almost 3 years ago

    Naomi Karth reviewed Chain O'Lakes State Park

    almost 3 years ago

    The state park officially declares there are 15 total miles in trails, and my muscles agree. We went two weeks ago & started at the parking lot out by the canoe camp, hiked in on trail 4, did 3, then 10, then road walked up to the schoolhouse and used 8,7&5 to get back to 4. Since the dogs did well with that mileage, we went back this past weekend and hiked all the trails, including loop 9, which is a bit narrow but not that difficult.

    Good things to know- bug repellant a must for the lake loops. You can & should avoid the beach if you don't wish to see people (and quite possibly you won't even see another hiker!). Water fountains at beach front & schoolhouse mean you can carry less water. There is parking at various trail heads but you can easily make your own route. If the schoolhouse is open, be sure to peek inside- I loved the artifacts.

    All in all, we will definitely be back for hiking because the trails are challenging plus give us the mileage we need! We'd like to go camping here also, but it was at capacity last weekend so we'll definitely try the off season for that!

    Naomi Karth reviewed Eagle Trail in Bicentennial Woods

    almost 3 years ago

    This is a beautiful trail set. Unfortunately recent weather has made mosquitoes horrid & there were many trees down across the trail plus a bridge out. Look forward to visiting in more favorable conditions! I'd love to know ages on some the larger trees that look quite well established! There are several others ACRES preserves close by also.

    Naomi Karth completed Bicentennial Woods Eagle Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    Naomi Karth reviewed Merry Lea Environmental Center

    almost 3 years ago

    Very easy wide trails, well maintained. Marked well & trail maps available at each trail head, but seriously don't think you could get lost here!

    I parked at the south section, which was a good move as the bridges to both the other areas w parking were roped off. Not sure why- possibly flooded areas?

    Very marshy in some areas- up to my shoes in water at some points. Many of the swampy parts have boardwalks. Wetlands are well maintained so mosquitoes aren't as bad as nature preserves!

    Great variety of water features and trees. Saw quite a fair amount of wildlife. A highlight was a pair of green herons. (Try the hide off Onion Swamp)

    Trail maps says mileage more than this site lists. Didn't find pit toilets like website (theirs) had listed. (Didn't walk entire property due to bridges being closed)

    I always hike w my dog & found the wording on their site off putting, but decided to try it anyway. We always clean up after them & hike on leashes. He seemed to enjoy the hike as much as I did!

    Naomi Karth completed Merry Lea Environmental Center

    almost 3 years ago

    Naomi Karth reviewed Kokiwanee Nature Preser

    almost 3 years ago

    Flooding & heavy storm damage has made the trails even more fun. Our dogs loved that the one bridge was out and we had to cross the stream below.

    The waterfall (Kissing Falls) is gorgeous right now.

    Nice side trip for this & Tel Hy/Pehkokia in Huntington since Bloodroot Trail was closed due to flooding.

    Naomi Karth reviewed Pehkokia Woods

    almost 3 years ago

    Outer loop is nice- as is the meadow section, but the two interior loops are not maintained. Visit the ACRES land trust website for trail map.

    Lots of wildflowers now & the natural springs are cool.

    Be sure to check out Tel Hy close by (5 min away) Also mileage isn't accurate probably.

    Naomi Karth completed Pehkokia Woods

    almost 3 years ago

    Naomi Karth reviewed Tel-Hy

    almost 3 years ago

    Nice set of looped trails. We went to see eagles, and while we couldn't see the nest through the trees, we did see a pair of bald eagles flying over the woods.

    Storms must have hit this area pretty hard- river is high, trees are down on the trails. Bug spray is also a must. Pretty boggy in areas. Be prepared to get muddy but see a nice bit of woods. I would rate this trail physically harder than moderate. Mud didn't help though.

    Naomi Karth completed Tel-Hy Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    Naomi Karth reviewed Muskegon State Park Trails

    about 3 years ago

    Second trip- we took the ranger recommended "easy" loop to Lost Lake, then ended up on the "Hearty Hiker" trail back. Knowing the map wasn't accurate helped make this loop go smoothly. Beautiful views atop the ridges.

    Naomi Karth completed Dune Ridge Trail

    about 3 years ago

    Naomi Karth reviewed Muskegon State Park Trails

    about 3 years ago

    Trip one netted a view of nesting eagles, and we took the fairly difficult dune trail back from the rv lots. Harder than the "difficult" rated forest hike, IMHO.

    Then we got lost because the map we had doesn't show the trails the way they actually are. My tip would be to snap a pic of the state park map at the rangers station- much more accurate than the paper hiking map they hand out.

    Obviously we ended up getting "unlost" eventually- we had a lake on one side & a road on the other so we knew roughly where we were.

    Tree lines are beautiful. Ask the rangers about the eagles' nest location. Definitely one of the more challenging hikes we've done in 2015!

    One star off for inaccurate maps.

    Naomi Karth reviewed Yankee Springs Recreation Area

    about 3 years ago

    We hiked a loop to Devil's Soup Bowl then cut out on a snowmobile trail & road walked back to parking area. State park map isn't to scale (finding that a lot in MI) but better than nothing. Hiked down into the glacial depression, but pretty rough back up. Loved being on the NCT portion and finding unique boulders! Definitely coming back & definitely bringing DEET. Our homemade bug spray just didn't hack the elevated portion through the swamp!

    Didn't see a single biker but it was raining. Did see some trail runners who were participating in a time trial. Kudos to them!

    Naomi Karth reviewed Kokiwanee Nature Preser

    about 3 years ago

    This is a favorite hike of ours- be sure to stop at other local hikes too: Hanging Rock, Hathaway at Ross Run and Asherwood.

    Main feature is three waterfalls, a limestone riverbed, a pond and some moderately difficult hiking. You can park at the "easy" end and find the waterfalls quickly, but we always prefer walking the entire park. Print a map first (off the ACRES website) and bring bug spray & a hiking pole!

    Also, don't let the sign leading down to the other waterfalls worry you- aside from a slim trail where you need to watch your footing from time to time, the most difficult part of that loop is getting up & down the "staircase"!

    Naomi Karth completed Kokiwanee Nature Preserve Trail

    about 3 years ago

    Naomi Karth reviewed Winona Lake Trail

    about 3 years ago

    My husband & I started our hiking here, so we often go back because it is so close. One star off for the fact that it can be a little dangerous to hike because it is mainly a mountain biking trail- make sure you hike AGAINST the bike flow, identify yourself & step off the trail when bikers are coming. Also they close the trails when they are too wet to ride, and that can be frustrating so be sure to check recent weather & the official trail website before heading out. Great length & challenge for hikers, and decent views!

    Naomi Karth completed Winona Lake Trail

    about 3 years ago