Take A Hike: 6 Places To Experience The Brilliant Fall Colors
The fall colors are set to peak here in Southwest Michigan soon (source: eyeballs). Couple that with warm weather forecasted for the weekend and you've got zero good excuses to not take the kids out for a nature walk.
And if they're anything like ours, they've been eating candy non-stop for the last week and have energy reserves the size of Lake Michigan that need to be dealt with swiftly and preferably out of doors.
Here are half a dozen scenic spots worth exploring:
1. Sarett Nature Center | Benton Harbor
Highlights: 8 miles of hiking trails, a treetop walkway, playground and picnic area, live native animal exhibits
2. Fernwood Botanical Garden | Niles
Highlights: 12 hiking trails, geocaching, cafe, art gallery and activity backpacks
3. Warren Woods State Park | Three Oaks
Highlights: 3.5 miles of hiking trails, home to the state's final climax beech-maple forest, uncrowded
4. Saugatuck Dunes State Park | Saugatuck
Highlights: 13 miles of hiking trails, 2.5 miles of shoreline, 200-foot sand dunes, picnic area
5. Kalamazoo Nature Center | Kalamazoo
Highlights: 13 hiking trails, Nature's Playground, interactive exhibits, animal encounters
6. Kal-Haven Trail | South Haven
Highlights: 14 miles of trail, a covered bridge, camelback bridge, scenic rest spots
For more nature preserves and parks, check out our Outdoor Fun section. Did we miss your favorite? Let us know in the comments.