We even had a bit of snow this morning (November 5), first snow of the season! So for this adventure we chose a nice walk in the woods, the South Trail at Saugatuck Dunes State Park.
Most of the parks and places we visit are FREE! No fee to get in. Of course we do pay for these places with our tax dollars. Michigan State Parks require a fee for a sticker.
So if you don't have a Michigan State Park sticker and you want to visit Saugatuck Dunes State Park it is very near Shore Acres Park 6602 138th Avenue, Saugatuck (remember Laketown Township Parks from 2010 08 23). It is free to park here and access the state park trails.
On to the trail! Saugatuck Dunes State Park is a 1,120 acre (4.5 km²) Michigan state park. It is located on Lake Michigan between Saugatuck, Michigan and Holland, Michigan.
South Trail at Saugatuck State Park
What is over this dune?
|Lake Michigan of course!|
We had plenty of day left to drive to Lawrence and Mary Bell Wade Sanctuary owned by Michigan Nature Association. This sanctuary has 72 acres located three miles east of Saugatuck in Allegan County Michigan on the eastern end of Silver Lake. The Wade Memorial contains a lovely beech-maple forest as well as numerous dogwood and hemlock trees on a high bluff overlooking the lake.
This sanctuary was given to MNA by the Wades, who were prominent citizens of Holland, Michigan. It is a fine example of a beech-maple forest with hemlocks that have grown back after a wildfire that occurred in the early 1900’s. Silver Lake abuts the southwestern portion of the sanctuary.
|The view of Silver Creek from Wade Sanctuary|
So long house!
We had another great day with gorgeous weather, especially for November 1st!