Tag Archives: Trails

Lake Michigan Water Trail A Mecca for Paddlers

By Howard Meyerson When Dan Plath and his friends set off in late July to paddle 50 miles along the southern Lake Michigan shoreline, their journey will be one of adventure and celebration. Plath — an environmental scientist and president … Continue reading

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Lonnie Kester: A farmer with a vision builds a public trail

By Howard Meyerson Lonnie Kester grew up on a Michigan farm and farming is his life. But the 58-year-old family man from Millington – a rural village northeast of Flint – is known for more than his agri-business interests. Though … Continue reading

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Michigan’s winter paradise: groomed ski trails and fat bike destinations

By Howard Meyerson While southern Michigan snowfalls haven’t amounted to much so far, winter is a long way from over. If you’re inclined to get out on cross‑country skis, consider heading north where the snow is deeper. It should be a … Continue reading

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Mountain biking fourteeners creates a rift in the outdoor community 

Increasingly the question surfaces: Where should mountain bikes be allowed? How about mountain trails, particularly the popular Colorado fourteeners, known for their elevation? Joe Lindsey’s feature in Bicycling Magazine sheds some light on the complexity of the question. What complexity? Read … Continue reading

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Geospatial PDFs point hikers in right direction on North Country National Scenic Trail

By Howard Meyerson Experienced hikers know a map and compass are two essential items to pack on any trek. But, what about electronic navigation: using GPS or the new digital navigation apps that can be downloaded into a mobile device … Continue reading

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North Country Trail offers unique hiking opportunity near Grand Rapids

By Howard Meyerson Grand Rapids is a walker’s paradise, full of parks where an hour or more can be spent outdoors walking. But for those who seek an entire day on the trail, an excellent opportunity is found just 30 … Continue reading

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Bill Field: Visionary Founder of Michigan’s First Paved Rail-Trail

Note: Bill Field was a remarkable man. I had the good fortune to work with him many years ago when I was still a cub journalist. This is the story of  his challenge to save an abandoned rail corridor so … Continue reading

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Grand Rapids’ Nature Centers Offer Outdoorsy Fun For All Ages

By Howard Meyerson Two minutes from the traffic on East Beltline Avenue is a peaceful, natural setting full of surprises. In spring the woods fill with natural sounds – sweet bird songs by day and a chorus of frogs and … Continue reading

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Major work this summer coming for Hart-Montague and White Pine Trails

By Howard Meyerson Two popular west Michigan rail-trails are scheduled for major work this summer. The 22.6-mile William Field Memorial Hart-Montague Trail will be widened and repaved while two unfinished sections of the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail, just over … Continue reading

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Nature Nearby: Parks, Trails, Woods and Wildlife Within 10 minutes of downtown Grand Rapids

By Howard Meyerson Though Grand Rapids’ downtown is often bustling, nature is never far away: green havens can be found throughout the city and all along the Grand River corridor. More than two dozen natural environs can be found within … Continue reading

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