Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Walking Among the Trees at Galien River County Park in New Buffalo, Michigan

Walking Among the Trees at Galien River County Park in New Buffalo, Michigan

Galien River County Park in New Buffalo, Michigan Treats Hikers to a Tree Canopy and Boardwalk Walk with Fantastic Views

A family day in New Buffalo, Michigan has long been one of our favorite summer traditions. We love to start our day at the beach and wander through town stopping for ice cream. Then, we would wind up Red Arrow Highway making a variety of stops. On this visit, we explored a new to us spot and were immediately entranced while adventuring at Galien River County Park.



View of the Galien River and surrounding wetlands from the overlook at Galien River County Park in New Buffalo, Michigan.
View of the Galien River and surrounding wetlands from the overlook.

There are a couple of trails to choose from at Galien River County Park and I recommend you check them all out to enjoy the range of views. Venturing up to the Tree Canopy treated us with pretty expansive views. Trails are easily navigable, so exploring high up in the trees is pretty simple for any hiker.

The overlook that yields a splendid view at Galien River County Park in New Buffalo, Michigan.
The overlook that yields a splendid view.
Standing on the overlook gazing at the Galien River and the surrounding wetlands and forests elicited much wonderment and excitement at the magnificent scenery. What an experience to see nature unfold before you!

Boardwalk Guiding You Through Wetland:

Boardwalk winding through wetlands to the river at Galien River County Park in New Buffalo, Michigan.
Boardwalk winding through wetlands to the river.


Another trail in Galien River County Park consists of a boardwalk where you walk through marsh out to the river.


Viewing the Galien River up close.
Viewing the Galien River up close.

The head of the trail rests in a wooded area. We walked down a slope like trail to the boardwalk area to head through the marsh.

Walking on a path through the woods at Galien River County Park
Walking on a path through the woods.

The forest is a mature forest full of maple and beech. You can see here we really are among the trees up on the canopy walk:

Up in the trees on the Tree Canopy in Galien River County Park in New Buffalo, Michigan
Up in the trees!
The view is magnificent:

Enjoying the view at Galien River County Park.
Enjoying the view at Galien River County Park.

Galien River County Park is a splendid nature adventure and worth spending a little time away from the beach if you are in New Buffalo, Michigan!

To Know About Galien River County Park:


  • Easy trails make the park pretty accessible.
  • Earlier in the morning as well as early evening are better wildlife viewing times.
  • Bring binoculars. 
  • A fishing platform is available.

Galien River County Park in New Buffalo, Michigan Treats Hikers to a Tree Canopy and Boardwalk Walk with Fantastic Views



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