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Holland Ponds to Yates Cider Mill

Shelby Township, Michigan



3.15 miles

Elevation Gain

85 ft

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The trail from Holland Ponds to Yates Cider Mill in Shelby Township, Michigan, is a moderate difficulty hike that spans approximately 3.15 miles. The trail is primarily flat, with a few gentle inclines and declines. It is well-maintained and clearly marked, making it suitable for both novice and experienced hikers. The trail begins at Holland Ponds, a park known for its two large ponds and a heron rookery. The path winds along the Clinton River, offering views of the water and the surrounding woodland. Hikers can expect to see a variety of local wildlife, including deer, squirrels, and a wide range of bird species. About halfway through the hike, the trail passes through River Bends Park, a popular spot for fishing and picnicking. The final stretch of the trail leads to Yates Cider Mill, a historic mill that has been in operation since 1863. Here, hikers can enjoy fresh apple cider and donuts as a reward for their efforts. Remember to wear sturdy shoes, as the trail can get muddy after rain. Also, bring water and snacks, as there are limited facilities along the route. The trail is open year-round, but the best time to hike is in the fall when the leaves are changing colors.
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