Fall is prime time for local hiking trails


Emersyn Sprague, Writer

The Fenton area has many hiking trails to choose from. Most of these hiking trails in the area have lookouts, diversification, lakes/beaches and of course, great trails. Some of the best trails in Fenton include Seven Lakes State Park and Dauner Martin Nature Sanctuary. Others just outside of Fenton include Holdridge and Lost Lake Nature Preserve. 

The first hiking trail in the area is Seven Lakes. Seven Lakes State Park is located at 14390 Fish Lake Road, Holly, Mich. 48442. Seven Lakes State Park includes different amenities like beaches, hiking trails, biking trails and much more. Seven Lakes State Park is made up of 230 acres of water and 1,434 acres of land. According to alltrails.com, Seven Lakes State Park consists of seven trails. The trails consist of a range from three feet of elevation to 364 feet, so there’s a variety of trails to fit many different abilities. For more information visit michigan.org.

Another local Fenton trail is Dauner Martin Nature Sanctuary. Dauner Martin is located off Dauner Road, Fenton, Mich. 48430. Dauner Martin is made up of 155 acres of land and 4.5 miles of trails. The area was updated in 2010 and now includes a more detailed map. The trail includes a lot of boardwalks and different terrain. Most people who visit Dauner Martin will see varying types of plant life, several different types of birds and different kinds of trees and insects. The best time to go to the trail is in the spring, summer and fall months, according to michigannature.org.

For the more advanced hiker, Holdridge offers a harder and more intricate trail. Holdridge hiking trail is located at 13088 Hess Road, Holly, Mich. 48442. Holdridge consists of walking and mountain biking trails. It is made up of 29.4 miles and has seven different loops. Holdridge includes a beginner trail which is called the North Loop and it is 2.25 miles. The advanced loop is 15.5 miles long and is called the East Loop. This is the loop Holdridge is known for because of its technicalities and climbs. For more information about Holdridge, visit cramba.org. 

Lastly, the Lost Lake Nature Preserve is a unique trail to hike. Lost Lake Nature Preserve is located at 846 Lost Lake Trail, Oakland, Mich. 48363. The Lost Lake Nature Preserve is also handicap accessible. There is a 2.1-mile paved walkway and trails stemming from that. The trail winds through meadows and the forest, offering views of Slack Lake. For more information, visit oaklandtownship.org. 

Michigan offers an abundance of hiking trails throughout the state. For more information on these and others that the Mitten State has to offer, visit https://www.michigan.org/article/trip-idea/most-scenic-hiking-trails-michigan.