Saturday, February 4, 2pm Eastern
Ice Age Megafauna of Southwest Michigan
Hoadley Nature Trail
Three Oaks, Mich.

Until about 11,000 years ago, mammoths, giant beavers and other massive mammals roamed the landscapes of Southwest Michigan. At one time, their demise was blamed on the first Americans allegedly hunting them to extinction, but new studies suggest otherwise. Join Harbor Country Hikers President Pat Fisher as he discusses the outsized creatures of the past and the possible reasons for their disappearance on this wintry hike through the well-hidden Hoadley Nature Trail. Watkins Park is known for its Timbertown playground and the baseball diamonds used by local youth teams. But the southern two-thirds of the 30-acre park are dedicated to natural areas–and those areas contain a network of hiking trails. Hoadley Nature Trail is home to a wide variety of wetland flora and fauna. The open section of the trail loops around the Schwark Stormwater Wetland and the forested section is a mature wet-mesic flatwoods. Dress in layers, wear a warm cap and sturdy shoes or boots, and bring plenty of water. Depending on the weather, there may be some muddy or icy areas.

Directions: From US12, turn south onto Nel’s Dr. (Harding’s grocery store is on the corner.) Continue across Locust St. into the Watkins Park parking area. We will gather between the parking lots. GPS: 41.796763, -86.618947 (DD).
Estimated Presentation Time: 15 min.
Estimated Total Time: 2 hrs.
Hiking Distance: 1.15 mi.
Physical Difficulty: Easy to moderate
Hike Leader: Pat Fisher, president, Harbor Country Hikers

In case of inclement weather the day of the hike, check this website or our Facebook page for notice of cancellation or rescheduling.

Flash Hikes

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 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.