Events

Saturday, October 23, 2pm Eastern
Fall Color Tour, Part II
Madeline Bertrand County Park
Niles, Mich.

If you are looking for a Pure Michigan hike to see brilliant fall colors, travel no further than the trails of Berrien. A Berrien County Parks naturalist will be leading the Hikers through three popular hiking trails. For our second hike in this series of hikes in the county parks, we will start at the Madeline Bertrand Welcome Center and make our way to the bluff overlooking the St. Joseph River. And by the way, who were Joseph and Madeline Bertrand? Wear long pants (preferably tucked in), a sun hat, sturdy shoes or boots and insect repellent, and bring plenty of water. Depending on the weather, there may be some muddy areas. The Hikers follows federal and state Covid guidelines, and face masks are currently optional.

Directions: 3038 Adams Rd., Niles, Mich. From US12, head south onto Third St. at the traffic light. Follow Third St. south approximately 2.25 miles to Ontario Rd. Turn right onto Ontario Rd. and follow the signs to the park entrance on Adams Rd. We will gather at the welcome center. GPS: 41.762356, -86.269152s (DD)
Estimated Presentation Time: 10 min.
Estimated Total Time: 2 hrs.
Hiking Distance: 2.5 mi.
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Hike Leader: A Berrien County Parks naturalist
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The Hikers has an all-terrain rollator available on a first-come, first-served basis to hikers who may have mild difficulty on some of the trails we walk. See our “Let’s Hike” page for details, and email harborcountryhikers@gmail.com to reserve the rollator.

Flash Hikes

The Hikers will hold occasional Flash Hikes evenings, while it’s still light out, and weekends when there are no scheduled HCH events. These hikes will have no theme, no leader–just a walk in the woods with like-minded people.

The only notification of Flash Hikes will be by email to our list of members and others who’ve signed up for email notices of Hiker activities, and the emails announcing the Flash Hikes will go out two or three days beforehand. If you’re not on our email list and would like to be, send your address to harborcountryhikers@gmail.com. As always, we look forward to hiking with you.

About Dogs…

Harbor Country Hikers welcomes dogs on our hikes, as long as they’re well-behaved and on leashes. Those who manage some of the trails we hike may feel otherwise, however, and they have the final word. Check with them before you bring the pooch. Chikaming Open Lands allows dogs in its preserves, as do the state parks. Chikaming Township Parks allow dogs. Berrien County Parks do not, nor do the New Buffalo Schools Nature Study Trails. Fernwood generally doesn’t, either, except on special occasions. The Dunes National Park generally allows dogs.

Other Hiking and Related Activities

Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve–Fernwood is currently open to members and the general public. For information, visit its website, fernwoodbotanical.org

Indiana Dunes National Park–most beaches and trails are open. For updates, visit nps.gov/indu.

Indiana Dunes State Park
Call 219-926-1390 for information about park activities.