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Fungi have existed for millions of years but due to their delicate nature, little is known about their ancient history
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Fungi have existed for millions of years but due to their delicate nature, little is known about their ancient history
Description - Warren Woods Natural Area is located in Berrien County, Michigan. It was designated a National Natural Landmark in November 1967. It is the last known stand of virgin beech-maple forest in southern Michigan containing outstanding individual specimens of sycamore, beech, maple, and other northern hardwoods. Ownership is private; land is leased to the State of Michigan. It is an undeveloped protected parcel providing a secluded day experience with access to the Galien River via a forested walk. Extraordinary solitude and quiet reign amidst the botanical bounty enjoyed at Warren Woods Natural Area.

Attractions - Two-thirds of Warren Woods' 311 acres consist of a mixed beech and maple forest. A hiking trail leads visitors to the rustic Galien River. Hikers should wear blaze orange when visiting during hunting season. Michigan hunting regulations apply.

Recreation - Limited recreations are available at Warren Woods State Park. Folks come to this federal designated landmark to hike, hunt, and enjoy historic botanicals.

Climate - West Coast Michigan experiences pleasant summers with temperatures averaging 70 degrees F (21 degrees C). In winter, temperatures plunge to 22 degrees F (-6 degrees C). Lake winds have dramatic affect on wind chill factors. Yearly precipitation averages 40 inches and above.

Location - The park is located two miles north of Three Oaks. To reach the day use park take Interstate 94 to exit 6. Follow the signs eastbound to the park's entrance.

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Filed By: Viki Gudas (Union Pier, MI)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This is where I go to think, walk the dogs, and ponder life. With the new bridge over the Galien River completed, the two sides of the woods are finally linked again and you can have your pick of trails. Especially nice in winter and fall.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: It appears that this could be a nice quite place to visit and enjoy. We were there today, Aug. 4, 2005. There was no sign on the road telling where the entrance was so we drove past it and had to back up to drive in. It had rained so the nice wide trail into the woods was muddy and slippery. As senior citizens not wanting to slip and fall we did not venture very far up the trail and we saw no virgin timber. The map box was empty so we had no idea how far we would have to go to see the virin trees which was our reason for coming. We live in IN and had read about Warren Woods State Park from an article in the Hammond (IN) Times. We would go back sometime if there was more information available about the park at the park. Perhaps there is information at Warren Dunes State Park. We didn't go there.

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Contact Information:
Warren Woods State Park, 12032 Red Arrow Hwy. , Sawyer, MI, 49125, Phone: 616-426-4013

Additional Information:
Michigan State Parks and Forests - Everything that makes Michigan special is embodied in the 96 State Parks. Boasting sterling recreation, Michigan State Parks and Forests invite you to enjoy one of their 14,000 campsites, 170 winter-sport areas and infinite rivers, streams, and lakes.
West Coast - Engulfing the eastern shores of Lake Michigan the West Coast Travel Region is a Mecca of coastal towns and parks providing access to world-class freshwater fishing.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources - Official agency website.


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