SIGHTSEEING, HIKING, WILDLIFE, & SCENIC VIEWS
The neighboring area is covered by various forms of vegetation and visited by an array of birds, small animals, deer, and even a bear that is seen from time to time. If you are looking for a marked trail or land that has been preserved espectially for its natural habitat, visit one of the following attractions which are located 20 - 40 minutes from the cabin.
Hiking, fishing, and hunting can be enjoyed much of the year in the 4,700 acres that make up the Deward Tract located in the AuSable State Forest along the headwaters to the Manistee River.
Owned by Gaylord Community Schools. Quiet area for picnics, hiking, and cross country skiing.
Gaylord has a 108 acre contained elk park with approximately 70 elk. A short drive away the Pigeon River State Forests has a free ranging herd roaming 105,000 acres.
Trails, boardwalks, and observation platforms along Finch Creek and the Grass River. 920 acres are available for hunting, and fishing. Accessible year round.
Groen Nature Preserve
800 acres in Johannesburgh allow visitors to enjoy nature through hiking, skiing, biking, snow shoeing, and horseback riding.
Open year round for fishing open to children only, age 14 and under.
Access to Landslide Creek Overlook is off Alba Highway (just west of US 131 in Alba) to Harvey Road about 1 1/2 mile. Turn North on Harvey Road, which turns into a seasonal road. A parking lot will be just ahead about 1 1/2 miles off of Alba Highway.
Access is 11 miles north of Mancelona on US-131 to Deadman’s Hill Road (6 Miles north of Alba) to Deadman's Hill Road, turn left (west) and follow the signs about two miles to Deadman's Hill Scenic Overlook.
3 Million lake and brook trout are produced annually for restoration and recreational programs. Open 7 days per week from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Visitors welcome.
Three acres of gardens featuring native plants, butterflies, wildflowers. Concert are held in the ampitheater throughout the summer.
Part of the Pere Marquette State Forest. Motorized vehicles are prohibited. 2,800 acres that can be explored on by foot, skis, bike, or horse. Includes five lakes, some of which have areas over 40 feet deep and managed for trout.
Extensive wooden boardwalk leads to an observation tower with a view of a bald eagle nest.
P.O. Box 180170
Utica, MI 48318
Elmira, MI 49730
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