Loreen Niewenhuis is an author, adventurer, and dynamic speaker.
She has completed a trilogy of 1,000-mile adventures exploring the Great Lakes and has authored three books about these adventures.
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One perk of living in the Traverse City area is there are so many hiking trails
in addition to miles and miles of Lake Michigan shoreline.
Recently, I hiked two areas known for their brilliant fall foliage:
Hickory Meadows/Hills is just west of Traverse City.
Hickory Meadows with falling leaves
And Clay Cliffs, north of Leland. This preserve is part of the Leelanau Conservancy lands.
Clay Cliffs, part of the Leelanau Conservancy lands
The view of Pyramid Point from the overlook
Gorgeous view of the Manitou Islands from the overlook
It's a lovely time to hike these trails.
Though you'll find me out hiking along Lake Michigan in all sorts of weather and in all seasons.