Bald Eagle Trail

EASY 5 reviews

Bald Eagle Trail is a 2.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Sumpter, Michigan that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
29 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

lake

views

wild flowers

Trail is well maintained and clearly marked. Starting west from the parking lot (counterclockwise on the loop), the first 1/2 mile or so in on boardwalks over the marsh which are fine and interesting. The next mile+ is on a gravel path/road for quite a while with little to see and then through some stands of trees - not proper woods, but might be in another 20 years. The last bit, heading north between the marsh and Haggerty, is where you'll see one of the bald eagle nests. As wide and smooth as the trails are, this might be wheelchair accessible.

hiking
2 months ago

backpacking
3 months ago

Well maintained trail, the second half is a gravel horse trail with no cover/shade. We walked the first half then doubled back via Woodpecker Loop. Saw a large carp, a red eared slider and several varieties of water fowl.

walking
5 months ago

Trail is well maintained and clearly marked. Starting west from the parking lot (counterclockwise on the loop), the first 1/2 mile or so in on boardwalks over the marsh which are fine and interesting. The next mile+ is on a gravel path/road for quite a while with little to see and then through some stands of trees - not proper woods, but might be in another 20 years. The last bit, heading north between the marsh and Haggerty, is where you'll see one of the bald eagle nests. As wide and smooth as the trails are, this might be wheelchair accessible.
Addendum: the bald eagle nest in my photo, visible from Bald Eagle Trail, was abandoned in 2010. The pair of eagles started a new nest in the park, but it is in woods off Blue Heron (I think) trail and only visible in winter, according to a park ranger.

7 months ago

birding
8 months ago