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Hardly anybody on trails was real nice.
Terrain was good (flat) but no issues.

Went on a 90 degree day (mid day) and the heat didn’t bother me, but some black flys ruined my run.

Had bug spray on, but that didn’t seem to help.

Think would be much better during a non-Black day attack aka different time of day or different season

Okay, I know that I’m spoiled by years on the AT and hiking near the Blue Ridge, but I never thought about how exciting the marshlands of NFla are compared to marshes elsewhere. No worries about alligators or wild horses or boars here. Like most of SE Michigan, this trail is flat, so I decided to call this one a walk rather than a hike despite the small pack on my back. The trail is well-maintained, though often quite muddy, and it’s cool to be among the reefs and the trees along the edge of the lake, but this is really set up better for dog walkers, day runners who want to escape the pavement, and ecologists or naturalists looking for swans, geese, and explorations of which green things grow back first after the ice melts. I’d have given the walk a 2.5-star rating, but that choice isn’t available, and my downward vote comes primarily from the fact that half the park has a view of the landfill hill only a half-mile away.

This man-made Marsh is a little know gem. Lovely wooden bridges and walkways connect to the trails. Not challenging, but a nice changes of pace.

hiking
11 months ago

I love this place, and it’s a great little hike but the gravel section is blah.

walking
Sunday, September 24, 2017

Part of trail is boardwalk over marsh, you'll see swans, maybe a heron or egret, among other birds. Caught a glimpse of one of the bald eagles as it disappeared over trees, flying back towards the NE part of the park. The latter part of the trail (going counterclockwise) has trees and shade.

backpacking
Tuesday, September 05, 2017

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
Monday, July 03, 2017

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.

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

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