Birch Grove Connector trail to NCT

MODERATE 18 reviews
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Birch Grove Connector trail to NCT is a 7.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near White Cloud, Michigan that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until December. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

7.5 miles
374 feet

dogs on leash



nature trips





wild flowers

2 months ago

The trails intertwine with frisbee golf courses, which look pretty challenging, but cause you to question if you are on the trail or the course. Trail was in good condition, shaded and view was nice and changing. I do think the trails could have been laced out a little better to catch better glimpses of marsh or waterholes. Was a good walk with family after lunch but this app was helpful to find and follow trail.

3 months ago

my wife and I very much enjoyed this trail today. Weather was perfect so that always makes it better.

The trail is very wooded with easy elevations. The lake and wild flowers were pleasant. We did see a beautiful white tail dear while hiking.

We very much liked linking up with the North Country Trail. Hopefully we can do more of that trail in the future.

We only passed two sets of hikers so felt we had the whole forest to ourselves.

I did miss a couple of turns so stretched out the hike a bit but cut some off by cutting up Felch road but still did 8 miles.

Recommend this trail for hikers at any level.

3 months ago

7+ mile estimate is very misleading - loda lake trails altogether are probably 2ish miles. we added the birch grove trail and a small section of the north country trail for a total of about 6 miles.

good birding near the lake and on the first part of birch grove. woodpeckers, warblers, virios, lots of chipmunks and a couple of deer.

5 months ago

Nice hike with kids and dogs. $5 fee per car since it is a national forest.

We are looking forward to going back when flowers are blooming. Nice map with good information.

The Loda Lake trail is not as long as mapped on app. This makes a loop with NCT and Birch Grove trail.

We hiked clockwise on Loda Lake trail then took connector to NCT. We then walked north on NCT for a mile. Returned and completed loop to Loda Lake for a total of 6 miles.

Seen a male rose-breasted Grosebeak, blue racer snake, and dog “found” 3 ticks.

This is a hidden gem with bathroom and new expanded parking lot with picnic tables and shelter.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Easy trails, well marked, some plants identified.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

really awesome, we saw a fawn and a bunch of small animals. there were some pretty flowers and really pretty scenery. 10/10 will hike again. (just make sure you bring big spray!)

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Loda Lake is a great trail for nature walks, the guided wildflower trails, and a historic heritage trail. The map on this app shows more land than is really there at the wildflower sanctuary.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Great, easy trail. Very enjoyable. Thanks to all who preserve and share it with others.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

This trail links up with the Birch Grove Trail loop, which also links up with the NCT for a total of about 11 miles. Went in late October, great day trip.

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