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Saturday, December 27, 2008

W. K. Kellogg Experimental Forest - Segment Spotlight

Kellogg Forest Experimental Station
Kellogg Forest Experimental Station
from the Chief Noonday Chapter 4th Q 2008 newsletter

One of the Kalamazoo County segments of the North Country Trail crosses the W. K. Kellogg Experimental Forest, one of 14 Agriculture Experiment Stations of Michigan State University. See Kellogg Experimental Forest for more information on the work done at these stations.

The Forest hosts several open houses each year, including the maple syrup demonstration in the spring. Visitors are welcome to jog, bicycle, hike, horseback ride (bring your own horse), walk your dog, trout fish, bow hunt (you must sign in at the office), and cross country ski.

This segment of trail is 2.4 miles long, and shares portions of several wooded loop trails which can be enjoyed on this property. There is convenient parking (as well as picnic tables) at the main facilities on 42nd Street, about a mile south of M-89. This location also features the covered bridge, which can be seen from
the parking area.

This segment begins from the north on M-89, about 0.3 miles east of 42nd Street. Continuing north, our trail follows M-89 west for 0.7 miles before entering the Cheff property.

From the south end of this segment, the trail crosses the Sackett property to the south for 0.5 miles, then follows EF Avenue to the west for 0.2 miles, before heading south on the Hutchinson property for 1.5 miles to the trailhead on Augusta Drive.

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