Kathy and I took another trek along a 5.7 mile segment of the North Country National Scenic Trail yesterday afternoon, primarily in Kalamazoo County, Michigan. This segment took us through the Michigan State University/Kellogg Forest, the MSU/Kellogg Bird Sanctuary, and the MSU/Kellogg Biological Station, each situated just north of the quaint trail village of Augusta, Michigan.
One of our favorite parts of yesterday’s hike was the stunningly scenic Augusta Creek. Wintergreen Lake was another beauty, though you could not get close to it on the biological station property. Got to admit that the lake’s name (Wintergreen) is one of my favorites I’ve heard.
As an urban planner, the Village of Augusta is in a perfect position to take advantage of the array of outdoor recreational activities, historic sites, and scenic wonders located in and around the community, including:
- Augusta Creek
- Kalamazoo River
- North Country National Scenic Trail
- Great Lake to Lake Multi-Purpose Trail (under development)
- Fort Custer State Recreation Area
- MSU/Kellogg Experimental Forest, Bird Sanctuary, and Biological Station
This was another enjoyable hike, though poor directional markings leading north from M-89 caused us to follow a bridle trail (watch you step) for part of the way. We rectified this missed portion by backtracking along that part of the trail on our return to the car.
Gusty winds and changeable weather made the trek more challenging, but all in all it was a lovely way to spent the second weekend in November (especially without snow). enjoy the photo montage.