More Than A Walk In The Woods: Graham Lakes Trail



Bald Mountain State Recreation Area is a 4,637-acre multi-use wildland managed by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The DNR describes the landscape accurately with their frequently used sentence of, “The Park contains some of the steepest hills and most rugged terrain in southeast Michigan and features fifteen miles of marked hiking trails.” I knew that. I thought I knew all of the Bald Mountain State Recreation Area trails very well. I did not. Somehow, in all my many adventures at Bald Mountain, I missed four miles of forested trail that circles West Graham Lake, East Graham Lake, and hidden vernal ponds. As John Muir wrote, and I have shared before, “In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” Once again his words were accurate, and they will be for you as well, if you walk slowly, stop often, look and listen. Continue reading

Urban Gold: The Carpenter Lake Nature Preserve



The City of Southfield website describes the city as “the premier business address in Michigan.” With 27 million square feet of office space, over seven million square feet of retail and industrial space, and the city being home to over 10,000 businesses, including more than 100 “Fortune 500” companies, perhaps they are. However, there’s another fine attraction that adds value to the City of Southfield: the Carpenter Lake Nature Preserve. It’s a pot of urban gold for those with a love of nature.

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