It was the last remnant of the giant maples and beeches in a region that had been heavily clear cut by loggers.

The 11-acre tract remained in the Coy family until 1958 when Reubens daughter-in-law deeded the property to a group of trustees with the intentions of preserving Coy Mountain for the use and benefit of the Villagers of Alden and the surrounding comm ...

The exception is its northern slope that was the site of a downhill ski operation beginning in the early 1950s. Phone: (231) 582-7523 Region: Northwest Deer Flats Nature Trail is the longest trail at Young State Park, a 3-mile loop that stays predominately in low-lying woods.

It shares a segment with White Birch Nature Trail and all of it is utilized during the winter as part of the parks Nordic trail system.

Phone: (231) 922-5280 Region: Northwest Outside of the Porcupine Mountains, there arent too many places in Michigan where you need to ford a stream.

But here we were, looking at a beautiful stretch of the Platte River with no foot bridge in sight.

Although called a nature trail, the interpretive portion of the path is limited to six display signs that identify tree species along the trail.

It makes for a pleasant and easy hike, however, as it is level, well marked and closed to mountain bikes.The route described below is a 2.2-mile hike that follows the main loop is a counter clockwise direction opposite of disc golf players and begins with the steep climb to the ...Phone: (231) 582-6597 Web site: Region: Northwest There is no record of an avalanche ever barreling down Avalanche Peak into Boyne City, but the hill is incredibly steepso steep that in the 1950s, it was a downhill ski area with rope tows and even a chairlift.Phone: (989) 732-3541 Region: Northwest Located 15 miles west of Gaylord, Warner Creek is a lightly used ski trail in the winter that offers scenery and solitude.It winds through Hardwood Hills, a rugged slice of the Mackinaw State Forest.Phone: (231) 347-6536 Web site: Region: Northwest If at Camp Pet-O-Se-Ga you feel like singing Kumbaya around the campfire, go ahead. The Emmet County park at the west end of Pickerel Lake started out as a summer camp with boys sleeping in log cabins, eating in a mess hall and spending their days learning archery, canoeing, hiking and swimming.