Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce

Brooks Nature Area

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  • Location: 18 1/2 Mile Rd in Marshall, MI 49068
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  • Contact: Cheryl Vosburg, City of Marshall 269 781-3985 / cvosburg@cityofmarshall.com or Dave Fhaner, 269 781-5529

Welcome to the Brooks Nature Area! There are currently 2.3 miles of maintained trails within the park, with more being established. The park's terrain is relatively flat with a variety of habitats to enjoy.

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Trailhead (0.25 Miles) -This stretch of the trail system extends from the trailhead parking area on 18 1/2 Mile Rd and connects to the North Prairie Trail. The trail borders a restored native tallgrass prairie with views of Stuart Lake. This is a good spot to view sandhill cranes, blue heron, Canada geese and numerous duck species.

North Prairie Trail (0.7 Miles) - This trail travels along a restored tallgrass prairie, wetland, and wooded areas. Frogs can often been seen along the trail near the wetland area.

Woodland Loop (0.4 Miles) - Shady, wooded areas are found along this loop which borders prairie and farmland. Woodland birds such as the pileated woodpecker might be spotted here.

South Prairie Trail (0.7 Miles) - This trail borders tallgrass prairie with views of Stuart Lake and mature woods. Take notice of the numerous bird houses and their residents along the way.

Lakeshore Loop (0.25 Miles) - Three hundred-year old cherry and oak trees can be viewed along this trail through shady, mature woods. A variety of other forest species are also visible from the trail. Outstanding views of Stuart Lake are another highlight of this loop.

DIRECTIONS
Take I-94 to Exit 110. Go south toward Marshall. At the Fountain Circle (Michigan Ave), travel east to Marshall Ave. Go south to Homer Rd. Proceed east to 18 1/2 Mile Rd. Follow 18 1/2 to parking area on the right.

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