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Trekking the NCT: Follow the Blue Blazes to 1850

January 3, 2022

Trekking the NCT: Follow the Blue Blazes to 1850 By Joan Young, MCP Contributing Writer. On Dec. 1, 2021 Amber Township resident Joan Young began her journey to hike the entire North Country Trail continuously. She began her year-long trek at the Manistee National Forest’s Timber Creek Campground on US 10 in Lake County. The first half of the hike…

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Carrying it Forward on the North Country Trail

December 14, 2021

Carrying it Forward on the North Country Trail By Joan Young, MCP Contributing Writer. On Dec. 1, 2021 Amber Township resident Joan Young began her journey to hike the entire North Country Trail continuously. She began her year-long trek at the Manistee National Forest’s Timber Creek Campground on US 10 in Lake County. The first half of the hike will…

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The ancient beaches of west Michigan, as found on the North Country Trail.

November 17, 2021

The ancient beaches of west Michigan, as found on the North Country Trail. By Joan Young, MCP Contributing Writer. In many places along the North Country Trail in Mason, Lake, Manistee and Newaygo counties, you may notice that you are walking near the edge of an asymmetrical hill. To the west, the sandy slope gently descends into the distance, the…

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ORV fall travelog: Sheridan Township Park to Timber Creek Campground. 

November 5, 2021

ORV fall travelog: Sheridan Township Park to Timber Creek Campground.  By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief. This fall weather has been perfect for getting out on the backroads and trails. Knowing the weather forecast looked decent for today, Friday Nov. 5, my friend Mike and I decided to get out in the woods and explore a part of the Manistee National Forest…

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Michigan’s Dragon Trail for cyclists and hikers  

October 28, 2021

Michigan’s Dragon Trail for cyclists and hikers   By Joan Young, MCP Contributing Writer. Newaygo and Mecosta counties along with Consumers Energy have partnered together in anticipation of creating a 47-mile trail that encircles Hardy Dam Pond northeast of Newaygo on the Muskegon River. In 2015, the plan began to move forward, and the first segments of the trail opened…

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