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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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 Center property.


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!



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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.