Saturday, October 15, 2pm Eastern
Berrien County Living Color Tour
Love Creek County Park
Berrien Center, Mich.
The Hikers repeats its three-park series at the Berrien County Parks this fall, starting with Love Creek County Park, to see the fall colors and talk about the wildlife prepping for winter. We will begin at the Love Creek Nature Center and hike through the park’s nicest trails. Besides the Nature Center, visitors to Love Creek can enjoy mountain bike and well-groomed cross country ski trails and winter fat-tire bike trails. (Ski and bike rentals are available.) The natural features of this park include around 200 acres of meadows, mature forests, marshes and a creek. Dress for the weather and 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 damp or muddy areas. The Hikers observes federal and state Covid guidelines, and face masks are currently optional.
Directions: Love Creek is located at 9292 Huckleberry Rd., Berrien Center, Mich. Use your favorite GPS app or your car’s GPS and plug in the address. This place is in the middle of nowhere. GPS: 41.951336, -86.298057 (DD).
Estimated Presentation Time: 10 min.
Estimated Total Time: 2 hrs.
Hiking Distance: 2 mi., give or take
Physical Difficulty: Moderate, hilly
Hike Leader: Lamanda Hilty, Parks Naturalist
The Hikers holds occasional Flash Hikes evenings, while it’s light out, and weekends when there are no scheduled HCH events. These hikes 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 Related Activities
Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve–At 13988 Range Line Rd. in Niles, Mich., Fernwood and its trails are currently open Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm, and Sunday, noon-5pm. There is an admission fee for non-members.
Indiana Dunes National Park–The Indiana Dunes National Park has started charging admission. A vehicle pass, good for one to seven days, is $25. Those who come on foot, by boat or by bike are charged $15, up to $25 per family. A motorcycle pass costs $20, and an annual pass goes for $45. Passes are available at several park locations, and the park hopes to make them available at some retail businesses near the Dunes as well. The Dunes National Park says the admission fees will help pay for the Marquette Greenway bike trail and infrastructure improvement.
Alternatively, you can pick up passes good at any national park. An annual pass costs $80 and is available to anyone. A similar pass for active military, veterans and Gold Star Family members is free. Seniors, anyone 62 or over, can pick up an annual pass for $20 or a lifetime pass for $80. For information about national passes, visit https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/passes.htm.
Indiana Dunes State Park
Call 219-926-1390 for information about park activities.