Wide open spaces – that’s what so many of us crave. Room to roam and captivating scenery that takes our attention away from our phones, laptops and TVs. Gaylord, Michigan is a haven of peaceful places, whether you’re looking to be on the water or dry land.
Here are a few of our favorites, along with some hidden gems you may not have heard of:
Big Chub LakeA short drive past Otsego Lake and a few turns will lead you to Big Chub Lake. With only a scattering of homes along the shore and nature greeting you from every angle, Big Chub Lake is a true up north experience. A small boat ramp welcomes fishermen or kayakers to easily launch their vessels and even stand up paddleboards dot the surface of these calm waters. Deer and bald eagles frequent this forest lake and a charming canal affords you the opportunity to paddle your way to adjoining lakes. Read our full Chain Lakes blog for more information on that adventure! Sturgeon River PreserveWith the recent addition of a boardwalk at the trailhead, Sturgeon River Preserve offers one of the loveliest sections of universally accessible pathway in our area. Meander along the Sturgeon River for the first stretch of this short but sweet trail, linger at the lookout, then continue along the rustic footpath through forests and small fields. This secluded hike is less than one mile, so don’t be surprised if you circle back for seconds. MORE