Top Ten Wildflower-Viewing Spots

Trillium wildflowers cover the forest floor in Michigan
Trillium covers the forest floor in Michigan (Don Simonelli/courtesy, Travel Michigan)

Idlewild Barrens in the Huron-Manistee National Forests in Michigan offers the best display of savanna/barrens flora in the state. So it's no surprise that from spring to early fall there is plenty of wildflower action for both the driving and hiking set. In and around the town of Idlewild is considered one of the best places in mid-Michigan for wildflower displays. Colorful posies, such as black-eyed Susan, woodland sunflower, Carolina rose, and yellow false foxglove, pop up in town and along the roads. Forest service trails in the area offer a chance to get up close and personal with lupine, yellow coreopsis, wild bergamot, horsemint, and the wispy state-threatened prairie smoke. Also in the Huron-Manistee, near the town of St. Cloud, the Loda Lake Wildflower Sanctuary has a self-guided walking tour trail through various habitats. Grab a guide at the trailhead and hit the 1.5-mile loop trail, which is particularly lovely in the spring when it's surrounded by colorful blooms like pink lady's slipper, jack-in-the-pulpit, and columbine.

Published: 21 Mar 2009 | Last Updated: 8 May 2012
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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