wolf creek trail - mio, Michigan
The Wolf Creek Trail winds through different environments with several loops providing options for longer or shorter walks. The trail, a mix of groomed gravel and boardwalks, twists and turns through a large section of prime land along the AuSable River. The forests here are cedar, oak, and pine that make up the Huron-Manistee National Forest. The trail access is at the Au Sable River public access site just a couple of blocks from downtown Mio. The trail begins right at the paved parking area and follows the course of the river. Within a short distance an excellent boardwalk takes hikers through wetlands and wildflowers to a small bridge that crosses Wolf Creek. The variety and convenience provided, make this a favorite trail, for those looking for a short break in a forested semi-primitive setting.
This first section of the trail offers several spots where hikers can pause beside the pristine waters of the Au Sable River. The first loop is less than half a mile from the trail head. From that junction the trail creates a short loop and intersects further on with other junctions where longer hikes can be taken. All along the way are interpretive signs that describe habitats and history. In addition to views of the river, trail users can observe a wide diversity of plants in a natural woodland setting and can expect to encounter a variety of wildlife. The entire trail system is non-motorized and covers just under five miles.