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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, Outdoors
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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78 reviews 78 reviews
22 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

The flora and fauna was like nothing I have ever seen before. Excellent boardwalk hiking through the wetlands.

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Rochester, Michigan
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

The Grass River Natural Area has lovely hiking paths. These paths are appropriate for the novice and for families. One passes by various land forms including river, marsh, and forested areas.

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Haslett, Michigan
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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110 reviews 110 reviews
23 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 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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44 reviews 44 reviews
9 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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Tucson, Arizona
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338 reviews 338 reviews
20 attraction reviews
191 helpful votes 191 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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77 reviews 77 reviews
31 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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
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3 reviews 3 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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