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Pine Ridge Nature Trail

This is a short relatively flat trail developed for the purpose of wildlife observation. The trail winds through pine islands, over wetland, and along open water. Interpretive signs provide insight into the plant life along the trail. The trail can be used as a loop (Pine Ridge Nature Trail - 1.4 miles) or as a route from the Wigwams Access Area to the Visitor Center (Wigwam connector trail - .4 miles). A short section of the trail, starting from the Visitor Center, has been made accessible.

photo: Boardwalk. Photo by Sara Giles / USFWS

Length: 1.40 miles
Loop Trail? Yes
Type: Nature Trail
Agency: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Snow - Snowshoeing
Wildlife Observation

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Location: Seney National Wildlife Refuge, Germfask, MI
State(s): Michigan
Counties: Schoolcraft
Longitude: -85.94449
Latitude: 46.28865

Driving Directions

The trailhead starts at the Refuge Visitor Center. The visitor Center is located off M77 approximately 2 miles north of Germfask. The trailhead for the Wigwam Connector Trail which connects into the Pine Ridge Nature Trail is located about 1/4 mile north of the Refuge Entrance Road.

Description

Pine Ridge Nature Trail - travels 1.5 miles around part of F Pool managed pond an then winds through a variety of habitats including wetlands, red pine forests and offers a great view of the pools the Seney NWR manages for wildlife habitat.

Wigwam Extension - This 0.5 mile extension off the Pine Ridge Nature Trail takes you to the Show Pools and Wigwam Access Point north of the Visitor Center. The wigwam structures were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the late 1930s

Additional Details

Width: 36 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil
Secondary Surface: Boardwalk
Crushed Rock
Soil

Average Grade: 1%
Maximum Grade: 1%
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:
1982

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Brochure: Seney National Wildlife Refuge
Website: USFWS Trail Information

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Mark Vaniman
Refuge Manager
Seney National Wildlife Refuge
1674 Refuge Entrance Road
Seney , MI 49883
(906) 586-9851
http://www.fws.gov/midwest/seney/

 

Photos

Boardwalk on Pine Ridge Nature Trail. Photo by Sara Giles / USFWS.

Boardwalk on Pine Ridge Nature Trail. Photo by Sara Giles / USFWS.

In the pines by Seney National Wildlife Refuge Photo Contest winner. Photo by Teresa Homes.

In the pines by Seney National Wildlife Refuge Photo Contest winner. Photo by Teresa Homes.

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