Allegan Pine Plains Natural Area Trail
ElevationAscent: 138' 42 m
Descent: -123' -38 m
High: 695' 212 m
Low: 639' 195 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 8% (4°)
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“A contiguous area of oak savanna and dry prairie, one of Michigan's rarer habitat types including wildflower delight.”— Lucy Murphy
Heading left or west for about 100 feet, on 126th Avenue, will bring you to a small parking area with another red metal vehicle blocking gate. Running past that gate and still continuing clockwise until you'll see Big Daily Bayou on the north, which is a gut or small creek off the Kalamazoo River. On the north side of Big Daily Bayou is the Ottawa Marsh, a farm unit of the Allegan State Game Area. Continuing clockwise on the trail will bring you to a third red metal vehicle blocking gate. Continuing past that gate will bring you to the parking lot from the back.
Expect a profusion of flowering dogwood, wild lupine, puccoon, birds foot violet, white trillium and prickly pear cactus. The most impressive of all the species, the American columbo, begins blooming in late June, but only in certain years.
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Land Manager: Allegan State Game Area Field Office