Welcome to #10Trail Challenge, a great way to get outside and explore the trails of Michiana, while having fun and winning prizes!
Before you start everyone will have to fill out a participation form and register for the #10Trail Challenge. You can find the form here. Registration is free, each participant needs to register separately.
Go out and explore what Michiana has to offer! During the month of July, Chikaming Open Lands is proud to partner with The Rotary Club of Harbor Country, other non-profit land trusts, township parks, county parks, the DNR, and city parks to bring you these 10 nature preserves. You can find information and directions for each of of the preserves by clicking on their names:
6. Warren Dunes State Park *Parking at Floral Lane Only
Once you are out on one of the 10 trails look for the #10Trail Challenge picture frame selfie stations! Snap a pic and hashtag us on Instagram with #10trail AND #chikamingopenlands. Don't have Instagram? You can also tag us on Facebook or email us the selfie pictures at firstname.lastname@example.org. COL must receive selfie station pictures for participants to claim prizes. Frames will be out from July 1 to July 31.
If you hike all 10 trails and send in the selfies, you will win a delicious combo meal platter from New Buffalo Bills in New Buffalo, MI!
Hike any 5 to 9 trails and you win a free sandwich from The Peasant's Pantry in Sawyer, MI!
Hike any 3 to 4 trails and win a free scoop of ice cream from Scoops in Bridgman, MI!
Bathrooms - Bathroom facilities are not offered at most preserves. Please "take care of business" before you begin your hike to have a comfortable and fun day!
Dog Policy - Dogs are permitted on most preserve trails but must be on a 6 foot leash at all times. Please pick up after your pet. **Dogs are NOT permitted on Galien County Park trails OR Fernwood Botanical Garden trails, sorry for the inconvenience.
Picture Policy - By submitting your photos, you give us permission to share them on our website, Instagram page, Facebook page, or in print materials.
Which Trail to Take?
1. Robinson Woods Preserve: 8016 East Rd, Three Oaks, MI 49128. Start at secondary trail head located west of main trail head, at trail marker 13. Walk this west trail to Selfie Station. Physical Difficulty: Easy
2. Jens Jensen Preserve: 6851 Parkway Drive, Sawyer, MI 49125. Hike on main trail to loop, the Selfie Station is located between trail marker 5 and 6. Physical Difficulty: Easy
3. Turtle Creek Preserve: 12255 Lubke Road, New Buffalo, MI 49117. Check out the new Turtle Creek Overlook trail by trail marker 43! Physical Difficulty: Easy
4. Fernwood Botanical Gardens and Nature Preserve: 13988 Range Line Road, Niles, Michigan 49120. Please stop in at front desk and mention your participation in the #10Trail Challenge to get the Fernwood entrance fee waived. Follow trails to the observation deck in the tall grass prairie. Physical Difficulty: Easy
5. Chikaming Township Park and Preserve: Warren Woods Rd, Three Oaks, MI 49128. Park in back at Pavilion. The trail will split after the pond, please take the trail to the left. Take the woods trail to the Chris Thompson Memorial Overlook. Physical Difficulty: Moderate
6. Warren Dunes State Park: 5301 Floral Lane, Bridgman, MI 49106. Park in designated DNR lot. DO NOT use the main entrance. Warren Dunes State Park has a north entrance at Floral Lane, park in designated DNR lot.Walk to Warren Dunes Entrance, follow trail markers towards marker 13. Selfie Station will be on top of a split dune, take to the left. Physical Difficulty: Difficult
7. Ambler Flatwoods Nature Preserve: Meer Rd, Michigan City, IN 46360. Park at Meer Rd entrance, take loop trail. VERY WET, boots recommended. Physical Difficulty: Moderate
8. Hoadley Nature Trail: W Locust Street, Three Oaks, MI 49128. Follow trail to the right, Selfie Station can be found by trail marker 11. Physical Difficulty: Easy
9. Galien River County Park: 17424 Red Arrow Hwy, New Buffalo, MI 49117. Selfie Station at the bottom of stairs of the canopy walk overlook. Physical Difficulty: Easy
Commonly Asked Questions
What is appropriate hiking attire?
Wear sturdy hiking shoes as you may encounter uneven terrain and wet/muddy spots along the trails may be possible. Protect yourself from biting insects such as flies, mosquitoes and ticks by wearing long pants, a hat/bandanna and applying insect repellent.
Are the preserves only open on the weekends?
No, most preserves are open everyday from dawn until dusk. With the exception of Fernwood-hours can be found here and Spicer Lake Nature Preserve-opens at 11:00 am on the weekends. For #10Trail Challenge you can visit them whenever it is convenient for you. You also do not need to visit the trails in numbered order and don't forget you have the entire month of July to complete this challenge, take your time!
Can I win all THREE prizes?
Sadly, you cannot win all three prizes. This tiered system allows you to hike as many trails that you are comfortable with while still being eligible to win a prize. If you hike all 10 trails the top prize is a ribs from New Buffalo Bill's. Hiking any 5 to 9 trails you are eligible to win a sandwich from Peasant's Pantry. Hiking any 3 to 4 trails you win one scoop of ice cream from Scoops.
When will I receive my prize?
The #10Trail Challenge will start on July 1st and end on July 31st. COL will contact all winners at the end of July and will send out prize certificates in the mail, or certificates can be picked up at the COL office. The certificates are good for one prize and expire July 2020. Certificates cannot be duplicated.
Will any staff be available at preserves?
Due to limited number of staff, we will not be available at the preserves. Please contact the COL office at (269) 405-1006 with any questions or concerns.
Thank You to our Partners!