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Swan Creek Trail (North and South)

Intermediate

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9.8 mile 15.7 kilometer loop
96% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 901' 275 m
Descent: -889' -271 m
High: 741' 226 m
Low: 623' 190 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)

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This is a nice trail around Swan Creek over moderate terrain.

Lucy Murphy

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Avoid this area from November 15 through November 30th, as it is deer-hunting season for firearms.

Runner Notes

There may be logs to hop over and tree roots on the trail, but it's nothing you can't handle. This trail is better suited to sturdier trail shoes than minimalist ones.

Description

The Swan Creek Trail, marked with yellow blazes on the trees, is divided into North Swan Creek Trail and South Swan Creek Trail. The dirt trail is almost ten miles in length and is pretty evenly divided in half between the east and west side. The two trails are separated by 118th Avenue, which is not very busy, but cars are fast moving along that road.

There may be obstacles within the trail surface, such as tree trunks, as the trail is among an old forest. There are slight elevation gains and losses as you meander around the creek.

This is a beautiful trail around Swan Creek, with creek views along the entire trail, that showcases oak-pine barrens (also called oak-pine savanna)—a unique community of plants and animals adapted to life on the dry, sandy soils in this area.

Flora & Fauna

Turtles and birds are often visiting the trail. Warblers, scarlet tanager, wood thrush, and reddish egret are among many of the bird species, where prickly pear cactus, sassafras, and bear cone are among the edible flora.

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Tree roots are good and bad.  Good to grip feet, but they make the trail a bit of a challenge. East side of North Swan Creek Trail.
Mar 10, 2018 near Allegan, MI
East side of North Swan Creek Trail
Mar 10, 2018 near Allegan, MI

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