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Trail Information & Map

Trail Conditions

3/8/18 – The River Trail beyond the Sugarbush through the Oxbow and some connecting trails remain closed for icy conditions and fallen debris.

2/26/18 – The River Trail and connecting trails will remain closed for icy conditions and fallen debris. The River Point, Ridge Trail and Wetlands are open, but expect muddy conditions.

2/22/18 – With the recent flooding, many trails at CNC are closed, including Arbury and River trails and connecting trails in the flood plain. These trails will most likely remain closed through the weekend. When the waters recede, the trail crew will have several days’ worth of clean up moving logs and debris. There are several trails that remain passable, although they will have occasional low lying wet conditions. Wetlands, Ridge and River Point trails fall into this category. The Chippewa Trail is closed from the Ridge parking lot to the Tridge due to the flood. It remains open from the Visitor Center to the Ridge parking lot.

2/21/18 – Due to flooding, the River Trail and Homestead Road are closed. Please use caution if you venture out on the trails!

2/12/18 – This weekend’s fresh snow has all been rolled and groomed with track set for classic skiing on the River, Homestead and Chippewa trails. Venture out!

2/9/18 – The River and Homestead trails have been groomed, and the Chippewa Trail will be groomed at 1 pm.

2/6/18 – The Chippewa Trail has been groomed. Venture out!

2/5/18 – The River and Homestead trails have been groomed, and the Chippewa Trail is in great shape for cross country skiing, too!

1/12/18 – Even with the 50 degree temps and rain, there is still an ice base on the River Trail. Three inches of fresh snow was rolled, but there’s not quite enough to groom. The asphalt Chippewa Trail did lose most of its base. The trail has also been rolled, but not groomed.

1/2/18 – The trails are in good condition, and the cross country ski trails were refreshed with the groomer today. Venture out!

Open every day from dawn-to-dark, you’re invited to enjoy 19+ miles of trails on foot, snowshoes or cross-country skis through 1,200 acres of diverse ecosystems. Get out on the trails to take in spectacular views of the natural world while observing the plants and animals that call this area home.

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CNC Trails

For the safety and enjoyment of all of our visitors and wildlife, CNC does not allow bikes, ORVs, dogs, smoking, fires, alcohol, picking or collecting. Pets are not allowed on Chippewa Nature property.

    Learn about Michigan-native trees and shrubs in the Howard L. Garrett Arboretum.
    View a detailed map of the various species found in the Arboretum
    A 0.4 mile paved loop. See four ecosystems and how they have been managed on one of our shortest trails. Enjoy an overlook of the Pine River.
    A 2.7 mile loop. Walk our longest trail along the rivers, through the Beech-Maple Woods, Oxbow Woods and wetland, and over old river beds.
    A 0.6 mile trail. Walk through the Homestead Farm, then hike along upland fields and woodlands to reach the Oxbow.
    Drive 2 minutes to this 1.7 mile loop. Explore all our wetland types, including our biggest marshes. Trail includes a two-story accessible observation tower, docks and a boardwalk.
    Drive 3 minutes to 2 miles of trail loops. Walk through a hemlock and birch woodland and see the River Point Pond and Chippewa River.
    Drive 3 minutes to this 1.5 mile loop. Follow a sand beach ridge of an ancient lake and see where fields are turning into young woodlands.
    Walk, bike or in-line skate to downtown Midland on this 3.5 mile, non-motorized paved pathway. Interpretive stops along the route tell the exciting story of this unique landscape. This is the only Chippewa Nature Center trail where bikes are allowed.

Chippewa Trail Facts

  • The trail is ADA accessible.
  • Interpretive signage along the trail describes the significant historical, cultural and natural features.
  • There are benches and resting areas along the trail.
  • Dogs are not allowed the trail on CNC land, but are allowed on the land owned by the city.
  • The trail is located on property owned by the City of Midland (from the Tridge through the softball complex), land donated to Chippewa Nature Center by The Dow Chemical Company (from the edge of the softball complex to Patterson Rd), and other land owned by Chippewa Nature Center (from Patterson Rd. to the Visitor’s Center).

In 2006, Chippewa Nature Center was awarded third place at the NAI Interpretive Media Awards, Wayside Exhibit category held in Albuquerque, NM, as part of the National Interpreter’s Workshop, for the interpretive panels along the Chippewa Trail. The Interpretive Media Awards Competition is brought to you by the National Association for Interpretation and its Visual Communications Section to promote excellence in the delivery of natural, cultural, and historical non-personal interpretive services. The purpose of the Chippewa Trail wayside exhibits at Chippewa Nature Center is to highlight and explore how the landscape they are passing through has changed through the millennia, by both natural and human actions. Chippewa Nature Center staff worked with Rosene Creative Services of Jasper, GA to design, fabricate and install the wayside exhibits.