Furstenberg Nature Area and Gallup Park

Ann Arbor, Michigan

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It’s hard to imagine any other city of this size in Michigan that has so much natural space within its city limits as Ann Arbor. By combining a nature hike at Furstenberg Nature Center with the paved paths of Gallup Park, you can hike 2.8 miles along the scenic Huron River. The nature trails pass through wetlands and woods, oak savanna and prairie, while the park trails take you over several river islands. The city was born on the Huron’s banks and spread southward. Several city-owned dams provide electricity for the town, and the resulting ponds have become great places for paddling and other outdoor recreation. In fact, much of the land around the river has been left in a relatively natural state—or at least developed for recreational use. For example, Fuller Park, just east of town, is a 60-acre bend in the Huron River with soccer fields and a huge public pool.
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by Matt Forster (Falcon Guides)

It’s hard to imagine any other city of this size in Michigan that has so much natural space within its city limits as Ann Arbor. By combining a nature hike at Furstenberg Nature Center with the paved paths of Gallup Park, you can hike 2.8 miles along the scenic Huron River. The nature trails pass through wetlands and woods, oak savanna and prairie, while the park trails take you over several river islands.

The city was born on the Huron’s banks and spread southward. Several city-owned dams provide electricity for the town, and the resulting ponds have become great places for paddling and
other outdoor recreation. In fact, much of the land around the river has been left in a relatively natural state—or at least developed for recreational use. For example, Fuller Park, just east of town, is a 60-acre bend in the Huron River with soccer fields and a huge public pool.

© 2013 Matt Forster/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Ann Arbor
Distance: 2.8
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: City of Ann Arbor, Natural Area Preservation, 1831 Traver Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48105; (734) 794-6627; a2gov.org/nap
Local Maps: Map available on website and posted on the trailhead kiosk; TOPO! CD: Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, disc 4
Driving Directions: Directions to Furstenberg Nature Area and Gallup Park

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