Hiking! Hunting! Birding!

Hikers will find numerous area two tracks, paths and game trails to explore. The Ogemaw Nature Park, located 3.5 miles northeast of St. Helen, allows children to view and feed deer in a natural setting. The Red Pine Natural Area Preserve and Pathway, located 8 miles north of Saint Helen, contains a former National Champion Red Pine, and provides gentle hiking through a 34-acre grove of virgin red pine forest that is typical of the former pine woodlands which once covered much of Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula.

The wilderness around Saint Helen features abundant wild game including deer, bear, coyotes and other fur bearers, rabbits, squirrels, turkey, ruffed grouse, and woodcock. The wetlands and wilderness areas around Saint Helen are also home to hundreds of bird species, including Bald Eagles and other raptors, waterfowl, migrating species and songbirds, including the rare Kirtland’s Warbler.

Saint Helen is a proud host community for Michigan’s new AuSable Birding Trail, which showcases remarkable bird habitat throughout the areas around Lake St. Helen, Houghton Lake, Higgins Lake, Grayling, and the AuSable River Area. More information can be found at the Birding Trail web site, ausablebirding.org.

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