Saturday, October 24 10am Eastern
Fall in Madeline Bertrand
Madeline Bertrand County Park
Niles, Mich.

madeline bertrand

The Hikers will venture on a fall hike with a Berrien County Parks naturalist at Madeline Bertrand County Park. We will gather at the Welcome Center. Besides the Welcome Center, disk golf course and well-lit cross country ski trails, the natural features of this park include around 121 acres of gently rolling hills through pine and oak forests, and a trail along a bluff overlooking the St. Joseph River. Dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes or boots and insect repellent, and bring water. Depending on the weather, there may be some muddy areas. The Hikers observe social distancing guidelines and the use of face masks is required.

Directions: Madeline Bertrand County Park is located at 3038 Adams Rd., Niles, Mich. From US12, head south onto Third Street at the traffic light. Follow Third Street south approximately 2.25 miles to Ontario Rd. Turn right onto Ontario Rd. and follow the signs to the park entrance on Adams Rd. GPS: 41.762356, -86.269152 (DD)
Estimated Presentation Time: 10 minutes
Estimated Total Time: 2 hours
Hiking Distance: 2.5 miles
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Hike Leader: Park Naturalist



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 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’s gardens and trails are open, but occupancy is limited and advance registration is required for both members and non-members. Fernwood is open 10am-5pm Tuesday through Saturday, and noon-5pm Sunday. To register, go the Fernwood’s website, Buildings are closed and activities are on hold.

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

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