Grass River Natural Area Rail Trail

Michigan

Grass River Natural Area Rail Trail Facts

States: Michigan
Counties: Antrim
Length: 2.2 miles
Trail end points: Comfort Road and Bliss Road
Trail surfaces: Crushed Stone
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6016145
Trail activities: Wheelchair Accessible, Mountain Biking, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Grass River Natural Area Rail Trail Description

The Grass River Natural Area has a system of six trails through wetlands and woodland, a beautiful retreat south of Lake Bellaire in northern Michigan. The preserve's rail-trail provides just over 2 miles of crushed-stone trail for walking or biking. Dogs on a leash are also permitted on this trail, but not on the others.

The other trails in the system are pedestrian only with varied surfaces, including gravel, dirt, woodchips, and boardwalks. During the summer you can take guided walks with a naturalist to learn about the wildlife, wildflowers, and habits in the preserve.

Parking and Trail Access

The entrance to the Grass River Natural Area (6500 Alden Highway, Bellaire) is off Alden Highway (CR 618).

Grass River Natural Area Rail Trail Reviews

I checked out this beautiful natural area with a friend and our kids (ages 9-13). I was overwhelmed by the beauty of this place. The trails are easy and well-marked, although it was damp and we had to be careful about slipping on the wood trails in the marshy areas. The kids loved it -- it was magical. If you go be sure to check out the fern leaf trail. Also, go to the dock area. The nature center is also great for kids. Highly recommend!

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