Yankee Springs State Recreation Area Trails

Middleville, Michigan

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The hills of Southwestern Lower Michigan harbor some surprisingly good cross-country skiing, and this recreation area—the state’s euphemism for spots that offer more recreation opportunities than do state parks—is one of the best places to find them. Hugging the northern shoreline of Gun Lake, one of the area’s largest and best, this 5,000-acre facility was once a Native American hunting ground, the home of the famous Chief Noonday. It was also the site of Yankee Springs, a village established in 1835 by Yankee Bill Lewis, who ran a stagecoach stop here on the route between Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids. There are still lots of deer, grouse, and other wildlife to be encountered on the trails, most of which you’ll find in the area of Long and Hall Lakes, in the park’s center. Surface quality: Groomed and single track set.
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by William Semion (The Globe Pequot Press)

The hills of Southwestern Lower Michigan harbor some surprisingly good cross-country skiing, and this recreation area—the state’s euphemism for spots that offer more recreation opportunities than do state parks—is one of the best places to find them. Hugging the northern shoreline of Gun Lake, one of the area’s largest and best, this 5,000-acre facility was once a Native American hunting ground, the home of the famous Chief Noonday.

It was also the site of Yankee Springs, a village established in 1835 by Yankee Bill Lewis, who ran a stagecoach stop here on the route between Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids. There are still lots of deer, grouse, and other wildlife to be encountered on the trails, most of which you’ll find in the area of Long and Hall Lakes, in the park’s center. Surface quality: Groomed and single track set.

©  William Semion/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing
Nearby City: Middleville
Distance: 7
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Easy to Difficult
Duration: Day trip
Trailhead Elevation: 780 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Additional Use: Snowmobiling
Driving Directions: Directions to Yankee Springs State Recreation Area Trails

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