ElevationAscent: 54' 16 m
Descent: -54' -16 m
High: 650' 198 m
Low: 616' 188 m
GradeAvg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 3% (2°)
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“A fantastic route through old growth beech and maple forest. The trail runs along the Galien River.”— Rafi Wilkinson
Warren Woods is an easy route that follows the scenic Galien River. There is a nice bridge crossing the river and much of the trail has views of the river. The American beech, sugar maples and tulip poplar trees exceed 100 feet in height and over 5 feet in diameter. In the summer, the canopy can block out almost all the sunlight creating a great shady run.
For more information, visit the Michigan DNR's webpage for Warren Woods.
Wear adequate footwear. Most of the trail surface is packed first with leaf litter. In the flood plain, it can be quite muddy or even impassible with standing water from the Galien River.
Next, the trail will climb up onto high country while still following the river. At the trail junction (which is unmarked), stay right. The forest is massive with with an airy understory. The trail widens again into an easy path. The path ends at the northern boundary. From here, return south along the path until the trail junction. Stay right and the trail will enter the flood plain again. You are now away from the river as you weave through vernal wetlands. The trail will take you back to the bridge. Cross the river, climb the stairs, and make your way back to the parking lot.
Warren Woods was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1967.
Land Manager: Michigan DNR - Warren Woods State Park