GRASS RIVER NATURAL AREA
The unhurried pace of touring and viewing 1,325 acres of the protected Grass River Natural Area (GRNA) is a must-do entry on life's accomplishment list.
Nestled in the hills of Antrim County in Michigan's northwest corner of the lower peninsula, the GRNA encompasses lakes, a meandering river, rushing streams and crystal clear creeks — a haven for plant and animal life, including both rare and endangered species spanning five distinct ecotones. This natural eco-guardian project and adventure in environmental tourism lies midway on the renowned Chain of Lakes waterway, a connector of Torch and Clam lakes, and Lake Bellaire.
Educational classes for children, adults and school groups, emphasizing the environment and water and land protection are at the core of the popular outdoor curriculum. A network of trails with observation platforms and boardwalks traverse an educational area providing easy access to upland, wetland and aquatic habitats. A portion of this five-and-a-half mile system is wheelchair and stroller accessible.
Grass River Natural Area is publicly owned and managed by a local volunteer board of directors dedicated to water and land protection and environmental education. Visitors are welcome year-round from dawn 'til dusk.
GRNA is free to visitors, who are encouraged in return to become members, volunteers and contributors.
The Natural Area is located at 6500 Alden Highway, between Mancelona and Alden.
Visit their website for additional information, or call 231-533-8314.