Explore the Natural Beauty of Harbor Country

Let’s Hike

Southwest Michigan and Northwest Indiana are among the country’s most geologically and biologically diverse regions, and there’s no better way to explore them than from the the trails of the area’s parks and preserves.

That’s why a group of local residents has formed Harbor Country Hikers, a club that conducts themed hikes and presentations aimed at exploring our geology, history and plant and animal life. We invite you to join us.

We hike throughout the year and recruit hike leaders to cover a wide range of topics such as nature photography, birding, wildlife viewing, seasonal hiking, medicinal and edible plants, pre- and post-settlement history and more. And, we work with city, township and county park boards, and conservation groups, to create joint activities and provide support for their trails with amenities and trail stewardship.

We also vary the length and terrain of our hikes to accommodate a range of physical demands, from short to long, easy to strenuous. We want to make Harbor Country hiking available to everyone.

We look forward to hiking with you!

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Volunteers Needed for Holiday Lights Program at Fernwood

The Harbor Country Hikers has agreed to help out at Fernwood’s Holiday Lights program on December 3, and we could use a few more volunteers. Holiday Lights–back after an absence of more than a decade–is a weeks-long light festival at the gardens, and volunteers would help guide guests on Fernwood’s paths, help direct parking and so on. If you can volunteer for a rewarding evening’s work, contact Vice President Bob Vondale, bob.vondale@gmail.com.

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Harbor Country Hikers
Offers All-Terrain Rollator

Rollator

Harbor Country Hikers is offering the use of an all-terrain rollator to members of the community who may have difficulty on some of the trails visited by the group. The HCH board approved the purchase in order to open its outings to as many as possible. The balloon-like wheels are soft and roll over uneven surfaces such as sand, gravel or ungroomed trails often found on HCH outings. Hikers’ Secretary Cindi Fisher (pictured) said the all-terrain version will enable her to join the group on trails not accessible with the rollator she uses for balance on a daily basis. The device is offered on a first-come, first served basis to those who sign up for it at harborcountryhikers@gmail.com.

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The Trails of Harbor Country:
A Complete List

As a service to our members and others who enjoy the outdoors, Harbor Country Hikers President Pat Fisher has prepared what is arguably the most complete list of trails in Harbor Country and nearby. The list includes information about each hiking venue–park or preserve location, size and natural characteristics; trail lengths and difficulty; amenities, and more. To view the list, click HERE. There’s also a map that shows the location of each trail. To view it, click HERE. 

Finally, for maps of individual trails, click HERE. Keep an eye out for a list of trails in nearby Indiana in the near future. Further out, we hope to offer an extensive collection of trail maps. Happy hiking!