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walking
12 hours ago

A few different trails to take. I found myself adding on length throughout that way I could enjoy the entirety of the nature center. I’m glad I did because at the end of my last stretch I notice a late snapping turtle in a creek. Was really neat to see up close and got some photos. Will definitely be back!

walking
14 hours ago

First time walking this one and it was awesome . Main trail is a loop but lots of side trails to explore that all lead back into the main loop. This would be a trail that’s beautiful in all seasons. Lots of wooded areas, small up and down hills. Cars in parking lot but didn’t come across anyone in them. Pretty big, wide spread area. Definitely recommend

22 hours ago

Good

Went on a rainy day so trail was pretty slippery! Took a few tumbles along the trail but overall Enjoyed the trip there and back.

Nice little hike. Did it with a 4 and 7 year old and had a great time for being close to home.

fishing
1 day ago

I like very much

Sent very goosebumps

Not a lot of shade. Doesn’t really feel like a hiking or jogging area. A lot of natural oil rigs, and cars and dust from the dumps surrounding the place. Water is nice but it doesn’t really give you the outdoors experience. Not really secluded. Seems like it used to be a yard waste site and the Devos just filled it with water and some paved roads.

I had a good walk but there has to be better places.

This place is amazing but needs more signs all around. One could easily get lost.

walking
2 days ago

I will drive across town to walk this park! Partially paved, and has great wooded areas for an extended walk. Love this park!

Thought this would be a good place to walk my dog, we enjoy longer trails, however dogs were not allowed on trails. We went anyway, but will probably not go again because directions are extremely confusing.

This is a wonderful place for a day hike (or longer if you want... camping is available). Today was an absolutely beautiful day. Peaceful, birds chirping, river flowing, frogs singing, breeze blowing. I saw someone chilling in a hammock with a book (brilliant). It is $6 for a day pass to get into the park. Worth it if you ask me. :) The trails are very well marked and trail maps available at several locations.

My cousin and I did this trail, starting at Cedar Creek and headed towards the NCT side. Be warned: there is very little water on the NCT side. Theres like 1 spot to stop and thats towards the start of the trail. We ran out of water 1/2 through day 2 and it was pretty rough.

The NCT trail is really nice up and down the hills, you'll have to keep your head up as the trail is shared with mountain bikers. Unfortunately my cousin and I somehow missed the junction for the MRT and we ended up hitching a ride from a few mountain bikers back up to where the bridge is located but thats alright because hitch hiking still counts as hiking..right?
The folks at Cedar Creek couldn't have been more helpful or friendly as they let us stay the remaining night in the campground. (It was the last weekend they were open so it wasn't very busy) I will definitely return to this trail, its only a few hours drive from Chicago, so it's one of the closer places I've been. But this is a great trail for all levels of hikers from beginners who are developing their skills to experts who are just looking for a quick weekend away.

I love this park. Very easy and not always super populated. I take my dog and it’s not super wooded so I don’t have to worry about ticks. Very easy trails.

We really enjoyed it out here. Great space and lots of different scenery. (Didn’t care much for the power line area) but other than that we thoroughly enjoyed it. Captured some great photos in the not so magnificent pines.

walking
2 days ago

A great area in Kalamazoo to go stretch your legs and soak up nature. Visit the lake or meander through the woods. We used to live across the street and walk this daily. Our dog loved it! Off the main trail of you stick to the north side of the lake there is another small beach that not as many people stop at. Perfect for letting your dog enjoy the water.

If your looking for a quick walk with some pretty scenery down by the water this is it. Great for wheelchairs as well. The walkway is all wooden planked and it’s a very short walk. Nothing big but a fun little jaunt.

Paved hiking trail. Great for bikes, strollers, or just walking. We go here at least 1x a year. Lots of wildlife, including birds, deer, snakes & frogs.

The Spring lake trail and other connecting trails at Independence Oaks County park are the steepest and longest hill that I have found in South East Michigan. I use these trails to prepare for my summer Colorado hikes. The ground drains well and the tails are in good shape even after rains. The trails are wide a smooth and well maintained. This park is also loaded with wild life. In addition to the typical deer, Beaver are active in the park. For bird watchers, I have seen red headed and Pilated wood peckers. Sand Hill cranes like the Marshy area on the South East side of the lake.

hiking
3 days ago

beautiful hike. We went in early Oct. no bugs so that was nice. It can be muddy & step steps at spots but we'll worth the trip

We walked the south loop trail on Earth Day. This was our first time on the south loop, but we hiked the north loop recently. We parked by the dam because we didn’t realize there was parking on the other side of the road. About 3/4 of the trail is a basic walk in the woods, on the ridge over the river. The north half of the west bank trail was greatly varied and fun...definitely the best, with varied terrain.

A nice hike through the dunes. We couldn’t go in the lighthouse when we went (April) though I’m not sure if it’s open during the summer season or not. The beach was gorgeous. We only saw a few other people along the way, though I imagine it’s busier during the summer season.

Pretty views of the lake, easy trail, well marked, and very clean.

hiking
3 days ago

Hiked this trail on 4-21-18. I was expecting a muddy hike but it was not. The trail was well maintained. There were several other hikers & bikes. Everyone very friendly while passing. Loved this hike.

Beautiful trail. A little noisy at the start as you are so close to the freeway, but it quiets down about 15 min in.

mountain biking
3 days ago

Great trails beautiful woods. Highly recommend.

it says no bicycle. I drove all the way here and its says no bicycles

Good for mountain biking. Also for hiking if not too many bikes. Fun and challenging.

Great variety. Beautiful scenery and informational signage. Lots of people depending on the time of day and year. In the middle of the city so not very isolated feeling.

Nice hills, views, wide paths, but could use more trail markers.

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