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Grass River Natural Area

6500 Alden Highway, PO Box 231, Bellaire, MI
231-533-8576
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Ranked #1 of 11 Attractions in Bellaire
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Traveler Description: The Grass River Natural Area has about a mile of board walk trails that loop through cedar swamp and to viewing platforms that overlook the Grass... more »
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Haslett, Michigan
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Like many natural areas, it is simply a great place to visit and walk through. If you are looking for a quiet, beautiful location to take in northern Michigan's pristine flora and fauna, this is a great place to do so just outside of Bellaire, Michigan near Torch Lake.

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leroy
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91 reviews 91 reviews
17 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

May be difficult to find as is off all main highways. Includes numerous trails. Some are natural, others are wooden planked. Includes a clean, new, spacious visitor's center. We didn't have a lot of time to spend in the area, but will definitely return to explore the beautiful terrain. Highly suggest!

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Michigan
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40 reviews 40 reviews
8 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

First time thru the Grass River and the views are spectacular as you wind thru this 30 minute boat ride from Clam Lake to Lake Bellaire. Lots of birds, great views and amazing sunsets.

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Traverse City, Michigan
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22 reviews 22 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Great place to stop and see what the 'chain of lakes' looks like without jet skis, baha boats and 'can't hear yourself think' engines and speakers. Have been making stops here for years and never disappointed. This is a wonderful place with knowledgeable naturalists and great programs for families and nature lovers. Make sure to bring binoculars and comfortable shoes.... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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284 reviews 284 reviews
16 attraction reviews
171 helpful votes 171 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

May 22 and it was 48 but coder in the windy exposed areas. However, we survived and actually enjoyed our hike. The trails we took were all boardwalk, but quite extensive. They lead through a swampy area ecosystem, full of trees, rotting trees, sedge meadows, and many benches to sit and listen to the multitude of birds. However when we... More

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Cleveland, Ohio
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80 reviews 80 reviews
36 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

We went out of our way to find this area which has cultivated several interesting hikes through different ecologies. We walkws the boardwalk through the marsh area. It was very well done, with a view of the Grass River and beautiful flowers and birds to view. This would be a great place to take young children for a moderate hike... More

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Los Angeles, California
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79 reviews 79 reviews
31 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

Your kids will love all the green and might start singing Kermit the Frog songs - boardwalks are neat

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Bellaire, Michigan
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

The Grass River Natural Area has something for everyone. Birdwatching, hiking, wild flowers, geologic history and many classes. I love to spend a relaxing few hours walking the trails and observing all that nature has to offer. The grass river is beautiful and unpolluted, supporting many varieties of fish, turtles, Lily pads and other water plants and is relatively unspoiled... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

this area has a good hands on nature center with programs for the younger set. a boardwalk through the wet forest and grass lands that is not too long for the family, but yet interesting for the nature lover. nice view of the Grass River/Clam Lake from a viewing stand on the boardwalk. there is also a dock for making... More

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Hilliard, Ohio
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43 reviews 43 reviews
15 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

If you have time, visit the Grass River Natural area. You will learn about the different plants and animals that are found in the area. Take the time.

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