There’s a little slice of paradise tucked away on the eastern side of our county – the Louis M. Groen Nature Preserve. Filled with all the nature you can absorb, sprawling trails, remains of a former lumbermill and lovely lakes, this Gaylord gem is a favorite for outdoor enthusiasts and history buffs alike.
The Groen Nature Preserve is more than just a pretty parcel of land. There’s history following you throughout the park, and a backstory worth reading. To find out just who Louis M. Groen was and how this preserve came to be, check out our blog “A man, a fish sandwich, and his gift to us.” If you’re a fan of McDonald’s filet-o-fish sandwich, you don’t want to skip over this fun read.
Remnants of a former lumberjack camp, including machinery, a sawmill and various pieces of equipment decorate the property, along with the former Echo Valley Resort building. History buffs will appreciate this walk back in time, while nature enthusiasts will appreciate getting their fresh air fix along the meandering pathways.
With almost 800 acres to explore and trails branching throughout the property, you certainly won’t run out of room to roam. Open for hiking, cycling, snowshoeing and equestrian use, the Groen Nature Preserve is a four-season haven for the outdoor lover in all of us. Featuring forested hills, open fields, wooded flatlands and a scenic lake, this little gem boasts diversity and caters to all athletic abilities. Check the Otsego County Parks and Recreation website for hours of operation and when specific activities are permitted.
Lace up your hiking shoes, load your bike…or saddle up your horse even. The Louis M. Groen Nature Preserve is waiting for you!