2011 November 07
Grand River Ravines North
The new entrance on 42nd Ave (just south of Luce St and south of Grand Valley State University) is open, parking is about 1/2 mile from the Grand River.
We walked the .5 miles on a paved drive, to the left of us was a deep ravine,
Paw Paw seed
Leaf of the Paw Paw tree
We headed up over the next hill into another ravine, no Paw Paw here. This property is part of GVSU I think, but there are no signs to indicate that. At some point we went a bit inland along a creek, and admired more ravines and hills. Then we went back to the main part of the park which has a house and pole barn on it. Grand River Ravines North is ~ 1.25 miles south of M-45 along the Grand River.
We walked through the small covered bridge near the edge of the river, and found mustard plants blooming.
We also found goldenrod, asters, and Chicory with flowers. This was in November, that's late for wildflowers to be blooming in Michigan.
We walked south of the house and saw an American Bald Eagle high up in a tree next to a nest.
We wandered through the woods then walked to the van.
House and barn at Grand River Ravines North
Here are more signs...
It was 59 degrees at 1 pm on November 7! Beautiful day for a walk.