Snowshoers pause in the forest
to listen to their guides,
historian Rob Burg and
park interpreter Craig Kasme
Don't own a pair of snowshoes? Some snowshoes are available to use for free - check for availability when you register.
Your afternoon begins at the Michigan Forest Visitor Center with:
-an orientation and introduction to Hartwick Pines and
-a short talk on winter survival and equipment.
Then, you will head into the woods, guided by either a park interpreter or a historian. Each one-mile hike, limited to 20 participants, features:
-a discussion of the forest in winter and how winter was important to Michigan's 19th-century logging industry.
-stops at deer beds and
-looking for signs of porcupines and other animals that use the forest in the winter.
The hikes end at the logging museum, where participants can:
-warm up around the "camboose," the museum's elevated fire pit
-enjoy a cup of hot cider and
-hear stories about "shantyboys" enduring a winter in the woods.
Participants may return to the visitor center on their own or explore other trails in the park.
This event is free of charge; however, registration is required. Please telephone the Hartwick Pines visitor center at (989) 348-2537, or TDD (517) 373-1592.
Guided snowshoe hikes also are offered on January 19 and on March 1, 2008. Cross-country ski by lantern light at Hartwick Pines on January 12 and 26, and on February 9 and 23, 2008.
Hartwick Pines Logging Museum-part of the Michigan Historical Museum System-is located eight miles northeast of Grayling, in Hartwick Pines State Park; a Michigan State Parks motor-vehicle permit is required for park entry. Here's more information about how to find Hartwick Pines.
a news release of the Michigan DNR, Jan 29, 2008
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