LOWELL STATE GAME AREA,
MICHIGAN

Sunday, April 19, 1998

On the advice of Paul Hann, another avid hiker here in Grand Rapids, I took Sue and the dogs out to hike a section of the North Country Trail which cuts through the Lowell State Game Area.

We followed Paul's directions (as well as the blue trail markers) and ended up having a nice hike. Perhaps the most interesting part of the trip is its variety. You'll see interesting contrasts from sand dunes with leftover glacial rocks to a tall red pine forest to a scrubby jack pine grove to different hardwood forests. It's a great mix of much that Michigan offers in a three hour hike.

One sidetrip we made was to the bank of the Flat River. The dogs were too hot and thirsty to pass it up. An easy way to get there is to take the abondoned two track (it almost looks like a ravine) just before the river overlook. You may have to backtrack to find it, but it's a good place for a break.

Overall, it was a nice hike, although the beginning part is like hiking through people's property because of all the houses nearby. The second half of the trip is more remote, and though it crosses a paved road, it feels like you are away from it all.

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