The board of directors of the Harbor Country Hikers has cancelled the group’s hike at Ambler Flatwoods scheduled for this Saturday, March 21. “The corona virus is proving to be more contagious and dangerous than most people thought,” Hikers President Pat Fisher said. “A week ago the CDC was advising people to avoid groups of more than 50 people. Today, some medical experts are telling people to avoid others altogether.”
The Hikers are keeping a close eye on the situation, and will return to their scheduled and flash hikes when it’s safe to do so. In the meantime, we urge our members and others who hike with us to keep walking and exercising, but to do it by themselves.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. As always, we look forward to hiking with you.
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 nature-related activities in the community
Fernwood Botanical Gardens and Nature Preserve (all times eastern)
Go to fernwoodbotanical.org for more information
Fernwood has shut down and postponed all programming until further notice.
Indiana Dunes National Park (all times central)
Call 219-395-1882 for more information
Indiana Dunes National Park has shuttered all its facilities and cancelled all public events until further notice.