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Fall Hike at Paw Paw Prairie Fen Preserve


Two people walk along a trail at Paw Paw Prairie Fen Preserve in Michigan in the autumn.
Fall Hike Fall hike at Paw Paw Prairie Fen Preserve © Bekah Wuchner/TNC


Event Overview

While there are several types of fens, prairie fens are particularly unique, providing habitat for rare wetland and prairie plants. Explore the landscape and watch for migrating songbirds on this guided fall hike—with cider and donuts! Please note that registration will be required for this event.

It’s no coincidence that the Paw Paw River watershed is also known as Michigan’s “Wine Country.” The temperate climate, fertile soil and nearby river create idyllic conditions not only for vineyards but also for birds. 

The 1.5-mile loop trail is generally considered an easy route, with wide, flat, well-packed terrain. Because of wet and uneven ground conditions during much of the year, we recommend wearing waterproof boots with ankle support.