Eastern Region Viewing Area
LOCATION and PHOTOS
Dukes Demonstration Forest Walking Nature Trail
Forest: Upper Peninsula (Dukes) Experimental Forest
District: Munising Ranger District, Hiawatha National Forest
Description: The U.S. Forest Service Upper Peninsula (Dukes) Experimental Forest (approximately 5,000 acres in size) was established in 1926 with the principal aim of conducting research to determine the best cutting practices to achieve sustained - yield forestry. The northern hardwood forest within this area provides one of the very best examples of the rich flora diversity possible on these productive sites. Best time to enjoy is between mid May through mid June. By June the spring flora is in full bloom but so are the insects so remember to bring insect repellant.
Wildflower viewing sample: Bellwort (Uvularia grandiflora) Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) Canada violet (Viola canadensis) Cowslip (Caltha palustris) Fawn lily (Erythronium americanum) Hepatica (Hepatica acutiloba) Large flowered trillium (Trillium grandiflorum) Nodding trillium (Trillium cernuum) Red elderberry (Sambucus pubens) Two-leaved Toothwort (Dentaria diphylla) Wild leek (Allium tricoccum) Yellow violet (Viola pensylvanica) …and many more
Wildlife viewing sample: Warblers… Scarlet tanager Flycatchers Woodpeckers Ruby throated hummingbird …and many more
Directions: From Marquette, Michigan, take US 41 south, turning left (east) on to State Highway 94. Travel 3.8 miles on 94 and turn right (south) on to Lawson Road and continue to travel several hundred feet. Look for a sign indicating the beginning of the driving and walking trails and turn right off of the Lawson Road. The interpreted walking trail loop (1/3 of a mile) begins several hundred feet down this unpaved road.
Ownership and Management: U.S. Forest Service, Upper Peninsula (Dukes) Experimental Forest. A brochure entitled “The Dukes Forest – A Demonstration in Managing Northern Hardwoods” may be obtained from the Munising District Office (906) 387-2512.
Closest Town: Marquette, Michigan.