Big Bear Lake Pathway
Address:Big Bear Lake Drive
Johannesburg, MI 49751
Big Bear Lake Pathway is a 2.5-mile trail system of two interconnected loops with most of the trail north of the Bear Lake Road. Departing from east end of main campground is the 1.8-mile Eagle Roost Loop, from the west end the 1-mile Beaver Lodge Loop. Combine them beginning from the campground’s day-use area and you have a pleasant 2.6-mile hike away from the bustle of campers, boaters and swimmers.
The trail is also referred to as the Big Bear Lake Nature Pathway due to the fact that it winds past three marshy ponds with two of them active with beavers. There are no interpretive signs or brochures to accompany hikers but in early morning or at dusk the pathway often rewards them with wildlife sightings.
Although there are no numbered posts at junctions as are displayed on older DNR maps, Big Bear Lake Pathway is well marked by blue blazes and pathway markers and easy to follow.
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