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Trail Conditions

2/14/17: The warm weather has relieved the ice situations on the trails.  Although they are muddy and wet, they are useable! Several walkers were able to navigate around the water with ease yesterday. With some early morning temps below freezing, you may find an occasional slick spot. Temps rising into the 50s will help to dry the trails.  All trails are ready for use. Enjoy!

2/8/17: The trails are ice covered and not user friendly, Chippewa Trail included. With warmer temps forecasted for Saturday, we’re hopeful the ice will melt off and trails will be walkable. Please use caution if you decide to Venture Out!

1/31/17: Winter seems to be back! All trail are walkable at this time. They have firmed up nicely with minimal ice patches. The trails have about an inch of snow on them – not quite enough to ski or groom, but better than the ice covered conditions of last week. Enjoy!

1/23/17: The warm rain has helped melt a lot of ice off the trails. Unfortunately, the River  and Homestead trails where we groom still have a thick layer of ice in most locations. We would not recommend using these trails. The homestead access at the River Trail was closed last week due to extremely hazardous ice. That is now open since the bulk of the ice has melted in that specific location. The Oxbow area is flooded. The interior trails on the main property and all trails on the outer properties seem to be useable, with the exception of occasional ice and wet, muddy conditions. Also, the parking lots of all outer properties are open.

1/16/17: Trails are still extremely icy with minimal snow, and not skiable. With the forecast for the week calling for high temps and rain, the trails will likely turn to slush.

1/11/17: With yesterday’s rain, the trails have minimal snow, and are ice covered in spots. Crews are working to clean up debris from downed branches due to high winds.

1/9/17: As you might imagine the trails are less than desirable. With the early grooming that was done it has made the base that is left extremely icy.  Expect ice patches and not much snow. Also with the wind over the past several days there are some small limbs and debris on the trail surface. The crew has removed all substantial downed trees and branches.

Trail Information & Map

Open every day from dawn-to-dark, you’re invited to enjoy 15+ 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.

trailmap

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Our 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.

  • ARBURY TRAIL:
    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.
  • RIVER TRAIL:
    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.
  • HOMESTEAD TRAIL:
    A 0.6 mile trail. Walk through the Homestead Farm, then hike along upland fields and woodlands to reach the Oxbow.
  • WETLANDS TRAIL:
    Drive 2 minutes to this 1.7 mile loop. Explore all our wetland types, including our biggest marshes. Trail includes docks and a boardwalk.
  • RIVER POINT TRAILS:
    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.
  • RIDGE TRAIL:
    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.
  • CHIPPEWA TRAIL:
    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.