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Deadman’s Hill Road
Alba, MI
United States

Phone: (989) 732-3541
Region: Northwest

Deadmans Hill is a beautiful vista with a sad story. One of the most beloved viewing points for leaf peppers in the Lower Peninsula is something of a memorial to a young logger named Stanley Graczyk.The twenty-one-year-old was a fun-loving lumberjack in the early 1900s, known as Big Sam to his friends and fellow loggers. On May 20, 1910, Big Sam was to marry his childhood sweetheart and on that morning he was working the steep ridges of the Jordan River Valley with his crew. Poor Stanley never even made it to the altar. He was driving a team of horses and a Big Wheel loaded with timber down the ridge when the huge cart slipped out of control and ran over him, killing him instantly. Its b ...

Boyne City-Charlevoix Road
Boyne City, MI
United States

Phone: (231) 347-0991
Web site: http://www.landtrust.org
Region: Northwest

Tucked away in the ridges above Lake Charlevoix is Nathan Barry Driggers Memorial Preserve, a 75-acre tract with a colorful history that is now owned and managed by the Little Traverse Conservancy.Traditionally known as Lake Charlevoix Farm, the nature preserve includes a pine plantation, open fields, and high, forested ridges with views of Lake Charlevoix. Meandering across the property is 1.5-mile trail system that is open to hikers, cross-country skiers, snowshoers and mountain bikers.The main house, now adjacent to the preserve property, was originally built by a veteran of the Civil War and eventually the farm evolved into the main dairy serving Boyne City. Throughout its history it ...

Cherry Bend Road (County Road 633)
Traverse City, MI
United States

Phone: (231) 256-9665
Web site: http://leelanauconservancy.org/
Region: Northwest

Louis DeYoung farmsteadstraddles Cherry Bend Road, less than 2 miles from M-22, and what was once the Manistee and Northeastern Railroad that is now the popular Leelanau Trail. To generations of locals, the buildings, especially the large barns, indicated they were either escaping the urban clutches of Traverse City or would soon be home again.The farmstead dates back to the 1860s when Henry Campbell cleared the land and then diverted a stream to power a water wheel. DeYoung purchased the farm in 1925 as a 26-year-old newlywed and remained on it for almost 80 years. A true innovator, DeYoung turned the water wheel powerhouse into a machine shop that included light bulbs before standard e ...

Frost Street
Dowagiac, MI
United States

Phone: (517) 655-5655
Web site: http://www.michigannature.org
Region: Lake Michigan

Often referred to by the Michigan Nature Association as its jewel in the crown, Dowagiac Woods is the largest MNA sanctuary in the Lower Peninsula. The 384-acre wooded preserve is located just west of the city of Dowagiac in the northwest corner of Cass County.Bordered on the east by the Dowagiac River, the sanctuarys dominant natural communities are floodplain forest, southern hardwood swamps and mesic southern forests. But Dowagiac Woods is best known for its diverse and profuse display of wildflowers from mid-April to mid-May when more than 50 species of plants will be in bloom.It was a wildflower that lead to preservation of the area when a MNA member reported in 1975 that the Blue-E ...

North Leroy Road
Fenton, MI 48430
United States

Region: Southeast

The Dauner Martin Nature Sanctuary doesn’t feature towering dunes, cold-water trout streams or a golden beach along Lake Michigan. But it’s still one of Michigan Nature Association’s most popular preserves for a reason all real estate agents will appreciate; location, location, location. The 155-acre sanctuary and its 4.5 miles of foot paths is located within the city limits of Fenton. For those who live in and around this Genesse County town of almost 12,000 residents, Dauner Martin is a quick escape into the woods for a little trail running, to soak up fall colors or enjoy the first wildflowers of spring after a long dreary winter.
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Dauner Martin Nature Sanctuary

Distance:
2.5 miles
Type:
Foot path, cross-country ski trail
Terrain:
Hardwood forest, pine plantations
Difficulty:
Moderate
Nearest City or Town:
Fenton

Deadman's Hill Loop

Distance:
3.1-mile loop
Type:
Foot path
Terrain:
Ridges, hardwood forests, overlooks
Difficulty:
Moderate
Nearest City or Town:
Alba

DeYoung Natural Area

Distance:
2 miles
Type:
Foot path
Terrain:
Cedar Lake, historic farm
Difficulty:
Easy
Nearest City or Town:
Traverse City

Dowagiac Woods Nature Sanctuary

Distance:
2 miles
Type:
Foot path
Terrain:
Low-lying woods
Difficulty:
Easy
Nearest City or Town:
Dowagiac

Driggers Memorial Preserve

Distance:
1.6-mile loop
Type:
Foot path, cross-country ski trail
Terrain:
Wooded ridge and meadows
Difficulty:
Easy to moderate
Nearest City or Town:
Boyne City

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