Northern Michigan Adventures and Spectacular Autumn Colors!
This was my first time camping in this part of the state. I loved hiking 10.4 miles from Harvey Bridge to High Banks Rollway Vista one day, and six miles, out and back, Baxter Bridge to High Banks, the next day. Great views, and going up and down hills provided a sense of satisfaction.
Ann’s efforts to research where to stay and what to do made things easy for the rest of us. We got to know others a little more, and helped each other in various ways. A fabulous weekend!
Just to say we had a great time together at Old 131 SFCG. It was my first time in that area, along the beautiful Manistee River, but not my last. The combination of forest and river was breathtaking and did Mother Nature provide? Abundantly!! At times, while hiking well marked trails, the leaves showered down upon us creating smiles on everyone’s faces. The hikes were challenging enough to pump the blood but not daunting and many to choose from. I see a future paddle trip as campsites are conveniently placed along the river for several days of paddling and camping.
Ann Riley – Gawura
How we spent our weekend: Lots of hiking!
- Old US 131 SFCG to Old US 131 roadside Park. 4 miles out and back.
- Harvey Bridge to High Banks Rollway Vista. 10 miles.
- Baxter Bridge SFCG to High Banks Rollway Vista. 6 miles out and back.
- Mo and Dave, Mary and Karen – Old US 131 SFCG and along the western leg of the Fife Lake Loop. 11 miles. (this was supposed to be about 4 miles but they got lost?)
- Heidi and Linda – 2 hr Kayak on the Manistee River
Things to remember and recommend for our next trip to the area:
Warmer sleeping gear
High quality, detailed printed maps
Research and suggest kayaking on the Manistee River
Make this an annual event, Oct 8-10, 2021!!
Favorite part of the trip was fall colors and toasty campfires
Recommend for next time, more people and warmer nights.
Camp ground was beautiful and peaceful.
We found an Indian trail marker #16. I would like to hike the whole trail and find all 33.
Recommend for next time, more Twinkies to toast!
Heidi Tietjen and Linda Ringlein
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