Hannahville Learn and Serve

Songbird Trail



Search this site powered by FreeFind

Viewing of some maps requires Adobe Acrobat. Download a free copy of it here.
If you can contribute to the knowledge of these trails please contact Rod at rlovell@hicys.org

Hannahville Learn and Serve Home Page
Michigan Trails
Hannahville Learn and Serve Project History
Trail maps of Michigan
Trail conditions of Michigan
See the work on Hannahville Learn and Serve volunteers!
About the Hannahville Learn and Serve Program
Contact the Hannahville Learn and Serve Program
Recreation Links Navigation
Farmers Markets
Golf Courses CNCS Corporation for National & Community Service

Songbird Trail

Hiking Songbird Trail

Trail Distance:

1.1 miles with 1 loop 1.1 miles long.

Click here to see a map of the Songbird Trail.

Trail Description:

Au Train Songbird Trail - Beginning near campsite 11 the National Forest’s Au Train Recreation Area five miles south of Au Train, this inter- pretive trail winds through two miles of forest and field, along bog and lakeshore, and includes an observation deck on Au Train Lake’s Buck Bay. You can rent a self-guiding audio kit that includes an instructional bird song tape, cassette player, field guide and binoculars from either of the two grocery stores in Au Train or from the Munising Interagency Visitor Center. Pets are prohibited on the Songbird Trail, but permitted on a 6-foot leash elsewhere in the campground. Bicycles are prohibited beyond the parking area.

Since it opened in 1989, the Au Train Songbird Trail has offered a new way to learn bird identification. There are all sorts of guide books out there for telling one bird from another, but this unique audio guided interpretive trail allows you to learn birds by their song

The trail winds through forest and field, along bog and lakeshore, and includes an observation platform on Au Train Lake's Buck Bay. The best time to hear the 'woodland concert' is in the morning when the birds are most active, but you can walk the trail any time of the day. You can rent a kit which contains a field guide, a tape and tape player, and binoculars. The tape guides you along the trail and features twenty bird species. In the forested areas, you may see such birds as chickadees, cedar waxwings, and nuthatches. From atop the observation platform, near the trailhead, you may see ducks, shorebirds, and perhaps even an eagle or osprey.

The kits can be picked up in Au Train at the A & L
Grocery or the Au Train Grocery. The Au Train Campground host will also have a kit that can be checked out. There is a $10 deposit; $8 will be refunded when you bring the kit back. The remaining $2 will be used to maintain equipment.

To find the trail, turn south on H-03 (Forest Lake Rd.) from M-28. Travel 4.5 miles, passing through the
village of Au Train, and turn east onto FR-2276. You will see a Hiawatha National Forest Recreation Area sign at this intersection. Go .5 mile to the next sign and turn left (stay on the pavement) until you enter the campground. Take the first campground loop to the right and you will find the trailhead near campsite #11.

We hope you'll enjoy the trails beauty as well as learn more about the birds that make their homes in the area!

Information courtesy of the USDA

Return to Marquette County, Michigan Trails




Web Design by The Internet Presence, LLC
Hannahville, MI Web Design