Days River Pathway

Gladstone , Michigan

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The Days River Pathway is a nearly 9-mile loop course through typical Upper Peninsula ecosystems, including wet river lowlands and heavily forested uplands. Hikes along the longest loop or any of the smaller loops in the area can be handled by casual hikers, yet are challenging enough to hold the attention of more experienced hikers. The area offers quiet serenity, accessible from major highways. For a family hike, it is probably one of the best places in northern Michigan. The area is simply a "walk through a forest," to quote a state forest official in Gladstone. The only history along these loops is natural history, provided by the changing faces of the terrain and varying ecosystems found along the trail. White-tailed deer and other animals can be found here, along with a large number of songbirds that are seen quite often along the pathway. For those adventurous enough to make a cross-country trek, the nearby Days River offers brook trout and other aquatic life. In fall, the area is ablaze in color, presenting photographers with plenty of opportunities to fill frame after frame. Special attractions: Fall color, wildlife, birds.
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by Mike Modrzynski (Falcon Guides)

The Days River Pathway is a nearly 9-mile loop course through typical Upper Peninsula ecosystems, including wet river lowlands and heavily forested uplands. Hikes along the longest loop or any of the smaller loops in the area can be handled by casual hikers, yet are challenging enough to hold the attention of more experienced hikers. The area offers quiet serenity, accessible from major highways.

For a family hike, it is probably one of the best places in northern Michigan. The area is simply a "walk through a forest," to quote a state forest official in Gladstone. The only history along these loops is natural history, provided by the changing faces of the terrain and varying ecosystems found along the trail. White-tailed deer and other animals can be found here, along with a large number of songbirds that are seen quite often along the pathway. For those adventurous enough to make a cross-country trek, the nearby Days River offers brook trout and other aquatic life. In fall, the area is ablaze in color, presenting photographers with plenty of opportunities to fill frame after frame. Special attractions: Fall color, wildlife, birds.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Gladstone
Distance: 20.7
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Season: Early fall, when bugs and other visitors to the area are few. The area is used heavily by deer hunters about mid-November
Local Contacts: Escanaba River State Forest, 906-786-2351
Local Maps: Department of Natural Resources Days River Pathway map; USGS Perkins quad.
Driving Directions: Directions to Days River Pathway

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