There was a time when much of Michigan was covered by gorgeous and wild virgin timber. While the 1800s logging era transformed the state’s landscape, there are still some places that appear much as they did before Europeans arrived. One of those spots is Hartwick Pines State Park. The park contains some remnant old-growth forest and a hike through the park will take you across the serene AuSable River. Here’s why this is a hike you need to experience.

With the exception of one steep climb the trail is fairly flat – it’s a relatively easy hike that can be completed in about an hour. Because the trail is in a state park, you’ll need a Michigan Recreation passport to get to the trail. Learn more about the park here. If you love easy but scenic hikes, here are some more trails that won’t disappoint.

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