Social Hike at Hidden Marsh Sanctuary

Thursday, June 15, 2023
5:30 – 6:30 pm

Beat the heat with a peaceful stroll on Hidden Marsh Sanctuary’s leafy wooded trails.


Make new hiking buddies!

Our social hikes are just as much about the talking as they are the walking — and are a great way to meet other people who also love nature.
Meet in the Hidden Marsh Sanctuary parking lot. After a brief introduction, we will begin the hike shortly after 5:30 pm.

The hike is free and there’s no need to register – but we ask that you do please fill out the contact form in person at the beginning of the hike.

What to Expect

♥  SWMLC staff and volunteer hike leader Pam Dalitz will lead a loose, casual walk along the trails. Participants are encouraged to go at their own pace and get into conversations, and it’s perfectly fine to leave whenever you want or need to. The guided hike will last approximately 60 minutes unless people want to go longer.

♥  Social hikes are fun for kids! They’re a great way for children to meet other people who also love to walk outdoors.

♥  Well-behaved dogs are welcome to come to social hikes! Please be sure to keep your four-footed friend on a short (6-foot) leash at all times for the comfort and safety of others. Dog waste must be collected and removed from the preserve, so be sure to bring along some poop bags.

♥  There are no restrooms at Hidden Marsh Sanctuary.

♥   Hidden Marsh’s gravel parking lot holds about 12 cars, so please consider sharing a ride with friends (if it’s COVID safe at that time).

♥  This preserve features lovely views of Hoffman Pond and the Portage River – so you may want to bring your camera!

♥  Consider bringing sunscreen if you’re prone to sunburn.

♥  Mosquitoes and ticks are a part of nature (they’re bird food!), so please be sure to bring your favorite insect repellant and consider tucking long pants into socks to discourage ticks. It’s wise to do a self-exam after spending time outdoors in warm seasons, so be sure to do a “tick check” when you get home!


♥ Trails are flat and mostly wooded. Vegetation may be dense enough in places to hang over the trail and brush passers-by. Most trails are single-file and not wide enough for two people to walk next to each other. There is one bench for resting.

♥ Trail surfaces are hard-packed dirt with occasional trip hazards such as roots and stones. There could be slippery places if the weather has been wet.

Approximate street address:
57000 block of Buckhorn Rd., Three Rivers, MI  49093

41.96480280396918, -85.61290662432268

From US-131:
Turn east onto Heimbach Road at Three Rivers. Turn left (east) and go to the four-way stop at Buckhorn Road (about 0.8 miles). Turn right and go south 2.5 miles. Buckhorn becomes Portage Road, and you will see the dirt parking lot and preserve sign on the left (east) side, near 1501 Portage Road.

From downtown Three Rivers:
From N. Main Street, turn right (east) onto East Hoffman Street. Travel about 0.35 mile and turn left onto Portage Avenue. Continue for another 0.6 mile and the preserve will be on the right.

Make new friends who share your love for walking in nature!

As a reminder: due to continued COVID risk, we ask that participants please:

  stay home if you feel ill, are exhibiting symptoms, or have had recent exposure to someone who has tested positive for COVID.

  provide your name and number for contact tracing

  consider wearing a mask when in close contact with other participants.

Photography policy

Attendance at Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy programs and events constitutes consent to be photographed for use in print and electronic media. Images will not be identified using full names without written approval from the individual.

If you would prefer that your photo (or your children’s photo) not be used, please be sure to notify staff when you first arrive at the event. Thank you!

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