Thursday, February 3, 2011

Michigan Trail Atlas

Michigan Trail Atlas : the Guide to Cross Country Skiing and Hiking Trails
by Dennis R. Hansen with Danforth Holley.

This ambitious guidebook attempts a comprehensive list of trails in Michigan and succeeds in finding several hundred of them. The state is divided into four regions: Southern Lower Peninsula, Northern Lower Peninsula, Eastern Upper Peninsula, and Western Upper Peninsula. The book lists 106 trails in the Southern Lower Peninsula alone. Directions, a sketch map, and a brief description are provided for each trail. The book concludes with a section on cross-country ski technique, reflecting its origins as a ski guide.

Trails near Kalamazoo
1. Kal-Haven Trail
2. Prairie View Park
3. Coldbrook County Park
4. Fort Custer Recreation Area
5. Kellogg Forest
6. Allegan State Game Area
7. Yankee Spring Recreation Area

Trails in Southwest Michigan
1. Russ Forest Park
2. Dr. T.K. Lawless Park
3. Madeline Bertrand County Park
4. St Patrick's County Park (IN)
5. Love Creek County Park and Nature Center
6. Grand Mere State Park
7. Tabor Hill Vineyard
8. Warren Woods State Park
9. Warren Dunes State Park

My library had this older version of the guide. A 2002 edition added mountain biking to the title and covers more trails. I couldn't find it from the major online retailers but it may be available directly from the author.

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