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Estivant Pines Nature Sanctuary

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Address: The Clark Mine Road, Copper Harbor, MI

A 508-acre sanctuary of rare old-growth white pines. 2.5 miles of hiking...

A 508-acre sanctuary of rare old-growth white pines. 2.5 miles of hiking trails (no wheeled vehicles). A moderate hike; accessible for families and couples. Steep hills, whisper quiet, and beautiful..

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This is a wonderful place to get outside. It is a bit confusing to get to, but it is worth the drive.

Reviewed 26 January 2017
Rich G
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58 reviews
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Reviewed 26 January 2017 via mobile

This is a wonderful place to get outside. It is a bit confusing to get to, but it is worth the drive.

Thank Rich G
Hopkins, Michigan
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Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

We ride our bikes to the Pines. It was a lot of uphill getting there, but we just took little breaks and walked. We don't have mountain bikes, and we don't really ride a lot, so it was a bit difficult getting there. (The ride back was fun and quick!) The forest was beautiful and I loved the smell. We... More 

Thank Catherine M
Beaverton, Michigan
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Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

To get to the pines you have to take a gravel, sand road that winds through the forest. There are signs but small and hard to spot. There is parking and a pit-toilet. The trail is very natural. They have built/placed wood down since the area is quite damp. The trail splits into 2 trails. A little bit of a... More 

Thank Roalvie
Bellaire, MI
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269 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

If you have any interest in virgin pines, this is a hike for you! The trail is easy to moderate, and fairly dry. There are virgin white pines over 100 feet tall and 300-500 years old. The access road is a little rough, so just slow down and take your time. The road in has good signage - watch for... More 

Thank Bellaire56
Las Cruces, New Mexico
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108 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 October 2016

Beautiful forest providing us with a wonderful hike. The mushrooms were spectacular when we were there.

Thank TravelLover1977_11
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82 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

This is a 500 acre nature sanctuary deep in the woods, established to protect an old growth hardwood forest with groves of eastern white pine, according to the signs. Trees in this sanctuary are 300-500 years old and average 110 feet in height, an amazing forest. This is one of the oldest stands of old growth eastern pines in the... More 

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Lewes, Delaware
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Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

My wife and I hiked Estivant Pines today with our dog and we thoroughly enjoyed our time in the woods. The hike is within an old growth pine forest with trees dating back to pre Columbus. The trails meander through the woods with a soft feel and there are many exposed roots that become ladders in the hilly sections. The... More 

Thank 57RRoberts
Hell, Michigan
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825 reviews
308 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

This is s fantastic trail in an old growth forest that is far too rare. The trail itself is easy and the ground is relatively soft from all the pine needles and other organic material that has dropped over the years. Word of advice is to put on mosquito repellent.

Thank trbeer
Chicago, IL
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55 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 2016

What an enchanting place to find! Though finding it can be a bit tricky! You must travel down a dirt road and there is a spot to turn left into the parking area of the attraction... but the sign doesn't really tell you if it's left or 'continue on toward right' that will get you there. Continuing on has you... More 

Thank lilwolfe006
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19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

We highly recommend everyone take this hike then learn the story behind how a grassroots effort saved this incredible old growth virgin forest. Take mosquito repellent just in case you need it.

Thank Kayakcarole

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