WILDING PLANT PRESERVE LbNA # 47064
|Placed Date||May 3 2009|
One of Michigan Nature Association's many sanctuaries. Visit www.michigannature.org for info. "Leave only footprints, take only photos." Short, easy hike. Lots of Michigan Natives to see, a wildflower guide might be handy to bring along. In summer, probably that pesky Native poison ivy and close to water - mosquito repellant recommended....
To get there - M-51, just North of Niles, (four miles North of blue water tower) West side of road. There is a sign for Michigan Nature Association and what looks like a driveway. The path leads right up to somebody's home, so PLEASE be respectful of their property...
CLUES: Just behind the sign you'll see a bench. Not part of the clues, just a nice view...
Keeping close to the treeline, follow the 2-track towards the house skirting their property. The beginning of the trail is marked with a blue sign. Follow the fenceline down the path and past a ramshackle shed. The path is barely discernable as it veers to the right, a blue diamond above to guide you. Keep following the path to a single file bridge over old Dowagiac Creek. Cross the bridge and continue on the path. Another blue diamond above, "Watch your head". The Dowagiac River is ahead for a nice view, but left is right to follow the clues. Just ahead, another blue diamond on a tree. Then "Watch your step" over a log and around some roots close to the water's edge. Shortly you will see another blue sign stating Sanctuary Boundary. About 5 paces beyond that on your right see a tree not quite fallen. At it's base you will find the letterbox.