Overview of trails
The Pine River Nature Center has more than three miles of beautiful hiking trails that explore forest, prairie and wetland habitats.
Finding your way along the trails of the Pine River Nature Center is easy. Trails are clearly marked with signs at each intersection. The 90-acre nature preserve is bound on one side by the Pine River and on the other by the CN railroad line, making it difficult to get lost.
When you visit the nature center’s trails, be prepared for the outdoors.
- Long pants are recommended for all four seasons to keep away insects, brush and poison ivy.
- Be sure to wear boots during winter and spring. Trails can be very wet in spring from rain and melting snow.
- During June, July, and August, apply mosquito repellant.
- Always bring a water bottle with you to avoid dehydration.
DOGS, HORSES, SMOKING, MOTORIZED VEHICLES, AND BIKES ARE PROHIBITED
Make sure your visit includes Michigan’s first publicly owned universally accessible treehouse.
Begin your hike on North Ridge Trail through a forest of mature white pines
Trails and treehouse availability
Open to the public daily from dawn to dusk.
Parking lot gates are locked weekdays at 4:15 p.m. There is a small after-hours parking area.