Orchard Lake Nature Sanctuary

Orchard Lake, Michigan

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Surrounded by the palatial homes of Orchard Lake Village, Orchard Lake Nature Sanctuary preserves 50 acres of natural woodland on Orchard Lake. Though small—the sanctuary only has 1.5 miles of trails—the park offers a variety of natural settings, from views of the lake to a walk through tall trees to a prairie overflowing with flowers. Orchard Lake Village is named for the large lake that takes up 1.2 of the town’s 4.1 square miles. In a county with a lot of lakes, Orchard Lake is a big one. Its 795 acres are second only to nearby Cass Lake, which tops 1,200. In the middle of the lake is Apple Island. When settlers came to this part of Michigan, they planted apple trees on the island and thus settled a score of place names in one swipe.
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by Matt Forster (Falcon Guides)

Surrounded by the palatial homes of Orchard Lake Village, Orchard Lake Nature Sanctuary preserves 50 acres of natural woodland on Orchard Lake. Though small—the sanctuary only has 1.5 miles of trails—the park offers a variety of natural settings, from views of the lake to a walk through tall trees to a prairie overflowing with flowers.

Orchard Lake Village is named for the large lake that takes up 1.2 of the town’s 4.1 square miles. In a county with a lot of lakes, Orchard Lake is a big one. Its 795 acres are second only to nearby Cass Lake, which tops 1,200. In the middle of the lake is Apple Island. When settlers came to this part of Michigan, they planted apple trees on the island and thus settled a score of place names in one swipe.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Orchard Lake
Distance: 1
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 30 minutes
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: City of Orchard Lake, 3955 Orchard Lake Rd., Orchard Lake, MI 48323; (248) 682-2400; cityoforchardlake.com/naturedept.html
Local Maps: Map posted at the trailhead; TOPO! CD: Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, disc 4
Driving Directions: Directions to Orchard Lake Nature Sanctuary

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