Grass River Natural Area

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You will leave the everyday world behind and enter a world of stunning beauty offered by mother nature at the Grass River Nature area. The Grass River Natural Area is a 1,165 acre preserve comprised of wetlands and wildlife habitat. Miles of trails provide for enjoyable walking, bird watching, and wildflower identification.

The non-profit GRNA offers over a hundred organized hikes and classes, all year round. Six short nature trails in mixed habitat. The Grass River Natural Area is a 1,000-acre mix of habitats: upland forests, fields, creeks, rivers, marshes, and swamps. Naturalists have identified more than 60 species of fish, reptiles, and amphibians here, as well as 400 different species of plants. The area encompasses the Grass River, which is a short connecting waterway joining Clam Lake and Lake Bellaire, both part of the Chain of Lakes in Antrim County.

The grass river natural area offers a close-up view of wetland flora and fauna, as well as other habitats. Special attractions: Hundreds of species of plants, 65 species of birds, 35 species of fish, and 33 species of reptiles and amphibians. Some recent changes have been made to make your visits even more enjoyable. All trails are self-guiding, each of the three trail heads is well marked, and the educational trail that skirts the wildlife cutting areas is intended for your year-round use. We have added a Perception Pathway for the visually-impaired.