: Haymeadow Creek Dispersed Campsite Hiawatha National Forest
Geographic Location: northeast of
Rapid River, MI (46.02265, -86.85954)
Length: 1.1 miles
Difficulty: 2/10 (Easy)
Last Hiked: July 2012
Overview: A short loop hike to small
. Haymeadow Falls
Area Information: http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/hiawatha/recreation/hiking/recarea/?recid=13331&actid=50
Hike Route Map: http://www.mappedometer.com/?maproute=125167
Directions to the trailhead: From
, take US 2 east 2 miles to CR 509. Turn left on CR 509. Take CR 509 8.5 miles to Haymeadow Campground and Haymeadow Creek. The hiking trail parking is on the right just after crossing Haymeadow Creek. Rapid River
The hike: Located on a seldom-traveled rural county road in prime logging land, tiny Haymeadow Creek Dispersed Campsite features 15 sites in a single campground loop. The dispersed campsite is only open April 15 through December 1 because most sites are occupied by anglers seeking to try their luck in the adjacent creek. Indeed, Haymeadow Creek is renowned as a clear-flowing high-quality trout stream.
Also in the creek is
, a series of small staircase waterfalls accessed by the 0.9 mile Haymeadow Falls Trail described here. The trail connects the dispersed campsite on the south bank of Haymeadow Creek with the hiking trailhead on the north bank of Haymeadow Creek. Thus, you can hike to the falls as an out-and-back from either of these starting points, or you can form the loop described here by hiking 0.2 miles along the campground road and paved but rural CR 509. Haymeadow Falls
|Trailhead: Haymeadow Falls Trail|
The trail heads northeast toward the waterfall, gradually descending toward the creek most of the time. At 0.3 miles, the trail crosses a wet area on a long wooden footbridge/boardwalk. Large quantities of ferns live in the understory here.
|Boardwalk over wet area|
|Trail bridge over Haymeadow Creek|
At 0.9 miles, the trail comes out at the trailhead in the dispersed campsite. Angle right on the gravel campground road and follow the road out to the paved county road. Turn right on sunny CR 509, cross Haymeadow Creek on the highway bridge, and arrive back at the hiking trailhead to complete the hike.