Enjoy the Woods

Horseback Riding | Hunting | Mushroom Hunting in Gaylord |

 

Technically a sinkhole, Section 4 formed when an underground aquifer dissolved limestone and caved the earth in. Photo by Chris Engle

Our woodlands offer much more than hiking and biking and truly have something for everyone.  A few of our favorite activities include: 

Horseback Riding

Liberty Valley Ranch

Enjoy a horseback ride through some of the prettiest country in scenic northern Michigan. Beginner, intermediate and advanced trail rides provide a variety of different experiences.  Safe, guided trail rides are available for all ages, and there are even hand-led trail rides for younger children. 

Liberty Valley Ranch
4301 Hayes Tower Rd
Gaylord, MI 49735
Phone: 989-731-0149
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Gaylord Equestrian Center 
7000 Hayes Tower Rd
Gaylord, MI  49735
Phone: 989-858-1882
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Hunting

Northern Michigan has endless opportunities when planning your perfect hunting experience.  Our central location, abundance of state land, active DNR Office and well informed local merchants only enhance your trip.  Seasonal information is available through the DNR.

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Mushroom Hunting

If it’s springtime and about six weeks after the snow melts, you’re going to want to be out hunting morels. When it’s time to start the hunt for these prized delicacies, follow these helpful hints:

Where: Look in sandy soil, near tall trees (typically elm, ash and poplar, sometimes fruit trees – old orchards are awesome!), but never under pines. The Pigeon River State Forest is a favorite hunting spot for morel seekers.

When: Morels like things warm and moist (not soggy), so a day following a spring rain improves your odds. Hunt when daytime highs have hovered in the 60’s and nights have gone no lower than the 40’s.

How: Slowly, patiently, carefully. Pinch and twist the stem at ground level, leaving the roots and a few whole mushrooms to reproduce again next season.

Tip: Collect morels in a mesh or net sack – an onion bag is perfect. Not only will the holes allow your mushrooms to breathe and keep them from turning to mush, the mushrooms can cast their spores as you hike, hopefully inspiring new growth in new spots.

Identification: Like many mushrooms, morels have lookalikes. Uncertain you’ve got the real McCoy? Have your morels checked at the Otsego County-Michigan State University Extension Office in Gaylord, located on the fourth floor of the J.Richard Yuill Alpine Center at 800 Livingston Boulevard, Suite 4A-2, 989-731-0272.

Morel Hunting Guide: If you would like a guided hunt for morels, contact Allan Ballard at ballarda86@gmail.com or 989-350-6200.

 

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