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Estivant Pines Nature Sanctuary

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Great walk in the woods to visit old pines.

My husband and I have visited Estivant Pines on several occasions, always enjoying a walk through... read more

Reviewed November 6, 2018
Nedra D
Stunning experience

We happened to visit on a rainy day, but it seemed to enhance the colors, smells and experience... read more

Reviewed September 25, 2018
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A 508-acre sanctuary of rare old-growth white pines. 2.5 miles of hiking trails (no wheeled vehicles). A moderate hike; accessible for families and couples. Steep hills, whisper quiet, and beautiful..
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Reviewed November 6, 2018

My husband and I have visited Estivant Pines on several occasions, always enjoying a walk through the forest, which is maintained by Michigan Nature Association. On one trip, we encountered a wide variety of mushrooms along the way. We'd taken a short cut on a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed September 25, 2018 via mobile

We happened to visit on a rainy day, but it seemed to enhance the colors, smells and experience. The giant pines appear and disappear among the thick foliage, and the forest floor and downed timber hosted an amazing variety of moss, lichens and fungi. Because...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 14, 2018

We enjoyed the hike - lots of nice trees and not too many bugs in September. I'd recommend it if you enjoy hiking and the woods.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 13, 2018

To be able to walk in and around trees that are 500 years old is an experience. Everyone needs to come here once. Just be mindful to not cause damage to the fragile environment!

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed August 30, 2018 via mobile

We hiked both loops and spent about three hours here. Both loops are about equal in difficulty. They are well marked. The trails are of moderate difficulty, that meander through the forest, up-and-down small hills. The trails are uneven with lots of roots and rocks....More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank stevesZ7328WU
Reviewed August 27, 2018

The trails are clearly marked and it is a very pleasant hike. It is somewhat hilly and has roots to traverse. At the parking lot, there is an outhouse if you need one, and it seems to be kept very clean. It seems like I...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 27, 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed spending part of a day at Estivant Pines among the giant trees. We covered both loop trails and took lots of pictures. It is an excellent preservation of old-growth forest. Well done, Michigan Nature Association!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank 12NancyG
Reviewed August 22, 2018

Beautiful place. True sanctuary and place to reflect on the meaning of life. But! The pines are impressive, but are on the way out: there is no catching-up pine trees that I could see. When the 500-year giants finally expire of old age (and many...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed August 21, 2018 via mobile

The pines is a nice peaceful nature walk. There are several trail's to choose from. Some with boardwalk most without. Interesting trees to see.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank madgea15
Reviewed August 7, 2018

What a beautiful hike...about 1-1/2 miles. So glad we stopped here. You will have unpaved roads to get to the parking area. Insect repellent is a must. Really awe inspiring woods and pine trees. So happy that this area is protected.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Scott S
September 18, 2017|
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Response from M4874UVchrish | Reviewed this property |
When I was there, I did not see any signs posted regarding dogs. There were people there with dogs on a leash on the trail.
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Brittany R
March 8, 2017|
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Response from Catherine M | Reviewed this property |
I did not see any dogs when we were there
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MissKitty5035
July 22, 2015|
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Response from Geojourneyman | Reviewed this property |
I would say no problem as long as you get there early in the day so you can choose your spot to park. Depending on how large your motor home is.... you will need to be patient about getting back out as well.
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