Published: August 9th 2012August 7th 2012
Biking the Chippewa Nature Trail in Midland Michigan. Text and Photos last updated:
August 2012 Number of times we have biked this trail:
Four The Basics: Location:
Midland to Chippewa Nature Center Distance:
5.5 km (3.5 miles) one way Distance markers:
on pavement every .5 mile Surface:
3 metres Grade:
Flat Conditions of trail:
Very good Parking:
at each end Washrooms:
at each end Garbage containers:
at eacg ebd Rest Areas:
benches and tables
This is a short paved trail from Midland Michigan to the Chippewa Nature Center,
a distance of 5.5 km (3.5 miles) Even though this a flat trail you can tell that it was NOt a former rail line. Instead of being straight as an arrow, this trail has lots of twists and turns!
The trail begins at Midland’s famous Tridge
(three bridges) park in downtown Midland. The Pere Marquette trai
l also begins here (see separate blog)
There is free parking and washrooms right at the Tridge. At the centre of the Tridge turn left where the trail begins. For a short distance
you will travel through parkland and ball diamonds (lots of portable bathrooms here)
Within the first mile (mileage markers are on the pavement) a short trail goes off to the left to an overlook. The trail continues over a bridge, a marsh and open fields. There are plenty of benches and signs which explain natural occurrences on the trail.
As you get closer to the Nature Centre, you will come across a man made bog, with water lilies etc. The open fields give way to a forested section with lots of shade. There is also a porta potty just before the Nature Center. The trail ends at the Nature Centre with lots of covered picnic areas and the Visitor Centre. The Visitor Centre is VERY WELL done and is a worth a minimum of ½ hour or more.
Within the Nature Center there are many walking trails and you can also continue on a dirt road and explore many pioneer buildings (school, sugar shack, homes, gardens, livestock etc)
By the way all admissions are FREE!
There are more photos below