We all know how brutal Michigan winters can be. If you’re anything like me and thrive in warmer weather, you want to get your hikes in before you have to hide away in your tower for almost six months. Whether you’re a hiking expert or just looking to spend some time in nature before the cold hits, there’s something for everyone in Lansing!

Lake Lansing Park North has been around since 1986 and has tons of stuff to do. There’s over 400 acres of woods and trails. Don’t feel like exercising? That’s cool too! Lake Lansing Park North has the largest body of water within 30 miles of Lansing, so you can chill on the beach with your toes in the sand and a beer in your hand. Hey, it’s 5 o'clock somewhere right?

How about Fenner Nature Center, ever been? If you’re into wildlife, it’s the place to be! It’s an environmental education center with over 134 acres of greenery and four miles of trails. You can birdwatch, check out native reptiles, wild turkeys, and of course deer. If you hang out there long enough and become friends with the animals, people might start calling you Snow White.

Last but not least, the Lansing River Trail! It’s thirteen miles long and runs along the Grand River and Red Cedar River from the Old Town area to Michigan State University. It’s great if you’re a jogger, walker or cyclist, and it’s open all year round! And since it’s that time of the year where the leaves are ready to change, there’s tons of trees. Grab your pumpkin spice latte and enjoy some fall vibes.

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