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bracken fern. Bracken Fern (Pteridium aquilinum). Photo by Chuck Warner.

evening primrose. Evening primrose. Photo by Chuck Warner.

monarch butterfly on a lance leaf coreopsis. Monarch butterfly on a lance leaf coreopsis or "tickseed". Photo by Chuck Warner.

yellow ladyslipper. Yellow ladyslipper. Photo by Chuck Warner.

AuTrain Songbird Trail

Forest: Hiawatha National Forest

District: Munising Ranger District

Description: The Hiawatha National Forest is home to many spectacular wildflower-viewing opportunities. In the heart of the Hiawatha, within the AuTrain Campground is the AuTrain Songbird Interpretive Trail. During the spring and summer months of late May-August, the AuTrain Songbird Trail treats visitors to spectacular flora displays as the fern laden trail winds through unique wetlands and geological features.

There is an audio tape available for use while walking the trail. The tape provides the visitor with songbird information as well as the calls of various songbirds, such as the elusive ovenbird.

Directions: AuTrain Campground is located in the Hiawatha National Forest in the beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It is within 15 minutes of the Munising Ranger District Office and Visitor Center located in Munising. It is 30 minutes from Marquette. Both communities are on the southern shore of Lake Superior.

Take Michigan highway M-28, which runs through the northern portion of the Upper Peninsula, to either Munising or Marquette. If going into Munising, go west from Munising to Marquette to the small community of AuTrain on Lake Superior’s southern shore. Turn south off M-28 on to Alger County Highway H3 in the village of AuTrain. Travel approximately 4.5 miles south on County Highway 3 to the Forest Road (FR) 2276 intersection. At this intersection, turn left (east) on to FR 2276 and drive 0.7 mile to FR 596. Turn left (north) on to FR 596 and drive 1.4 miles to the AuTrain Campground. Parking for the AuTrain Songbird trail is available within the campground; however, parking space is limited.

Ownership and Management: U.S. Forest Service, Hiawatha National Forest, Munising Ranger District.

Closest Town: Munising, Michigan.

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