The Harbor Country Hikers will be visiting Berrien County's Hiking Trails again this fall. With Chief Naturalist Derek Pelc leading the way, "The Hikers" will be visiting the third of three Berrien County Parks to see the fall colors change and learn some things along the way. We will begin this final adventure at the Ridge Trail trailhead and hike through the upland trails and onto the upper and lower decks. The blues, greens and browns of the marsh contrasted against the colorful forest surroundings makes this hike absolutely stunning.
Besides the upland Ridge Trail, views from the tree level observation platform, marsh level boardwalk and fishing platform, the park includes a mix of upland and wetland habitats along the Galien River. The wetland area is particularly significant in that it is a part of the larger “Great Lakes Marsh” that formed along the Galien River just upstream from the river's mouth at Lake Michigan. The area is a home and a popular rest stop for many protected birds including bald eagles and Sandhill cranes.
HCH recently purchased an All-Terrain Rollator which may be reserved for use on our hikes. Reservations are made by Emailing firstname.lastname@example.org on a first-come first-served basis. The upland trail is a good place to try out the rollator. We will be doing our main talk from the observation areas, which are rollator accessible via compacted gravel trails.
Dress in layers, a warm cap, and sturdy boots and bring plenty of water. Depending on the weather, there may be some muddy or icy areas. HCH hikers observe federal and state guidelines so mask wearing is optional.
T?heme: Berrien County Parks in Living Color
Venue: Galien River County Park
When: Saturday, November 5, 2022 @ 2 PM EDT
Estimated Presentation Time: 10 minutes
Hike Leader: Derek Pelc, Chief Naturalist
Estimated Time: 2 hours
Hiking Distance: 1 miles
Physical Difficulty: Moderate, flat to overlook, steps or switchback trail to boardwalk
Location: 17424 Red Arrow Hwy, New Buffalo, MI 49117
Parking GPS: 41.805577, -86.718843 (DD)
Directions: From the light on US-12, head north on Red Arrow Highway for 0.3 miles. Watch for the park entrance on the left. We will gather at the parking lot before hitting the trail.