Chippewa Nature Center


Open every day from dawn-to-dark, you’re invited to enjoy 19 miles of trails on foot, snowshoes or cross-country skis through 1,500 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.

CNC is honored to have been named 'Greatest Trail or Park'
by Great Lakes Bay Regional Magazine readers in 2019! Venture out!


Chippewa Nature Center trail map

Download Trail Map & Visitor Guide

For the safety and enjoyment of all 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.


1/20/20 - All trails are open, and River Trail, the straight portion of Wood Duck Trail and Chippewa Trail were groomed with track set on 1/20.

1/6/20 - All trails are now open with the exception of the Oxbow portion of the River Trail. Please be prepared for wet and muddy conditions in low areas.




Trail surface includes grass and mulch; flat terrain; 0.7 miles

The Howard L. Garrett Arboretum showcases a wide variety of Michigan trees and shrubs with wildflowers and native grasses interspersed.

View a detailed map of the various species found in the Arboretum


Paved trail; flat terrain; 0.4 miles

Perfect for a quick sampling of the diverse ecosystems found at CNC, this trail will take you across a pond, through a pine and hardwood forest, to an overlook on the Pine River and along the edge of a meadow. Benches are placed throughout trail to take a break or observe wildlife.


Paved trail; bikes welcome; 3.5 miles

This non-motorize trail welcomes walkers, runners, bicyclists and in-line skaters to explore nature at their own pace. Interpretive stops tell the story of this unique landscape. Benches are placed throughout trail to take a break or observe wildlife. This is the only CNC trail where bikes are allowed.


Trail surface includes grass and dirt, flat terrain; 1.0 miles

Travel along and through one of CNC’s largest open meadows showcasing a diversity of native wildflowers and grasses that provide habitat for a variety of birds and butterflies.


Trail surface includes grass and dirt, flat terrain; 0.7 miles

View diverse meadows, catch a glimpse of the Pine River and listen for birds living in a variety of ecosystems. Access this trail from Arbury Trail.


Trail surface includes dirt, gravel, mulch and grass; small hills; 3.0 miles

CNC’s signature trail offers opportunities to view the Chippewa River, explore ponds, pass through forests and skirt meadows.


Trail surface includes dirt, grass and gravel; small hills; 0.6 miles

This short loop is filled with life – both in the mature beech maple forest and in Six Island and Peepers Ponds, each with its own observation dock.


Trail surface includes dirt, grass, and gravel; flat terrain; 1.4 miles

Crossing through the Homestead Farm, this trail leads to Wood Duck Pond where turtles, muskrats, beavers, herons and woodpeckers make their homes. An overlook gives you an elevated view of the area.


Trail surface includes dirt, grass, and gravel; small hills; 0.9 miles

alk along the ridge of an ancient sand dune and discover pockets of wildflowers, a hidden wetland and mature forests. Start from the parking lot off Grey Road or the Chippewa Trail.


Trail surface includes grass, dirt, gravel and board walk surfaces; flat terrain; 1.5 miles

Accessed from the parking lot at the end of Hubert Road, a short walk through a field reveals hemlock and cedar forests bordered by the Chippewa River.


Trail surface includes grass, dirt and gravel; flat terrain; 1.7 miles

Explore three mitigated wetlands and the upland grasslands between them. The trail includes access to a two-story accessible observation tower, two docks and a boardwalk.