Ott Biological Preserve Trail

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Battle Creek, Michigan

Ott Biological Preserve Trail is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Battle Creek, 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 September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.3 miles Elevation Gain: 164 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

lake

views

hiking
1 hour ago

Great condition as of May 31st. Only one minor muddy patch on the main trail. Boardwalks in excellent shape as always. Much fewer bugs than I expected. The main trail is wide enough to social distance when encountering other people. Dog friendly.

hiking
8 hours ago

Amazing bridges and still feel so close to nature! Thanks from PA.

hiking
10 hours ago

Very good condition I used all trails map A little confusing at times without a map I don’t think but there is Maps along the trail that you can snap to tell Where are you are so if you got a compass will probably be all right pleasant hike got off trail a few times supposed to be 3.3 miles I got 3.7 I got on the NCT a couple times got some good pictures though

hiking
14 days ago

Nice trail. Not buggy on May 16th. Had never been on the trail before. Lots of vegetation blooming! Forest is ready to pop!Kind and helpful hikers along the way.

hiking
rocky
20 days ago

hiking
bugs
muddy
rocky
20 days ago

hiking
washed out
1 month ago

Great day to go out. Sad to see the trash on the trail, tried to pick up what I could. Easy sloping and enjoyable boardwalks.

Always a nice hike at the Ott

This trail is so perfect! You get a mix of everything! Part of the trail is wooded and slightly up hill, but then you also have beautiful boardwalks! We loved it and so did our pups!

hiking
bugs
muddy
washed out
10 months ago

Thu Apr 25 2019

very nice trail! took my dog and she loved it!over that it has really nice bridges! would definitely recommend to anyone!

hiking
Sat Apr 20 2019

Well kept up ,nicely marked, pretty scenery. Would definitely recommend it.

hiking
Sun Apr 07 2019

great place not alot of people with great scenery

hiking
snow
Sat Feb 23 2019

I love this trail, but I should have brought ice skates instead of my trail runners! In the summer and fall it’s wonderful, but do not recommend in February.

hiking
Sat Feb 09 2019

Very nice trail and well maintained. How recommended!

hiking
Sun Dec 09 2018

The trail is OK but when you get to the end of it you have to turn around and walk back on the exact same trail it dies not exactly loop to the same place. You are also walking fairly close to people‘s backyards and lose the feeling of being out in the woods.

hiking
Fri Nov 23 2018

Great trail in an urban setting. Some elevation changes. Nice wetlands and a small lake. Many alternative routes winding through a biological preserve.

running
Fri Mar 24 2017

Very well maintained trail that is much wider than typical trails. Slightly rolling hills keep it interesting

Sun Oct 23 2016

nice trail. easy, well marked, mixed use.

hiking
Sun Jul 17 2016

great for hiking.

Sun Jul 17 2016

Nice hike. Did part of the Ott trail and part of the North Country trail.

walking
Sun Apr 24 2016

Great walk with the family

hiking
Mon Oct 26 2015

I missed the 5 mile hike but managed to find the 3.2 trek. Great hike, fantastic job on the trail! I've hiked the appalachian trail and on the fun level this compares!

hiking
Wed Apr 29 2015

Easy, well marked and maintained trail. I hiked the blue North Country trail. Some nice water views including a beaver dam and lodge. Looks like it would be buggy during the summer months.

hiking
Sat Apr 21 2012

Hiked the Ott for the first time this week with a group of cub scouts. It proved to be a very nice and easy scenic walk. FYI: it is not a loop, when you reach the end yo must turn around and go all the way back.

hiking
1 hour ago

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