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New Cedar Creek Trail to Be Featured at Haven Hill Festival on Saturday, August 29

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Highland State Recreation Area’s New Cedar Creek Trail at Haven Hill Festival

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Come walk, jog, ride a bike, or bring your horse to the new Cedar Creek Trail on August 29th

In addition to the Haven Hill Historic Structures, Model A Ford cars, Vintage Base Ball game, History and Art Displays, and Summer Foods and Fun, the new Cedar Creek Trail at Highland State Recreation Area will be featured at the 2015 Haven Hill Festival.  The beautiful Cedar Creek hiking, biking, and equestrian trail is a wonderful addition to the Haven Hill section of Highland State Recreation Area in White Lake, Michigan.

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Come out to the Haven Hill Festival on Saturday, August 29 between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm and enjoy a day in Your state park. Use the new Cedar Creek Trail to go to and from Edsel and Eleanor Ford’s historic Haven Hill Gate House and the main Festival grounds at Goose Meadow.

For more Festival information go to: www.fohravolunteers.org

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The Haven Hill Festival is an alcohol-free, family-oriented event in its 7th year at Highland State Recreation Area. The Festival is organized by the volunteer members of the Friends of Highland Recreation Area.  The celebration has grown yearly, and will continue to be enjoyed by local residents as well as the surrounding communities, now and into the future.

The Haven Hill section of Highland State Recreation Area is entered via the main gate at 5200 Highland Road (M-59) between Duck Lake and Bogey Lake roads. The Festival is provided to the public at no charge, and entry into the state park is now via the Recreation Passport on your license plate.


2013 Haven Hill Festival Saturday, August 24

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The Haven Hill Festival is a celebration of the Highland State Recreation Area, the history of Edsel and Eleanor Ford’s Haven Hill estate, and the beauty that is the Haven Hill National Natural Landmark section of the park and it’s surrounding lands. The Festival is free, with food sales as a fund raiser for the Friends of Highland Recreation Area.

Haven Hill history displays, a Haven Hill National Natural Landmark nature photo exhibit, vintage Ford automobiles, children’s activities, along with summer food and drinks, will be available all day during the free 10 am to 3:00 pm Festival on August 24. This year’s Haven Hill Festival will include, for the second year, the Novi Brass Band accompanying the 1860’s Base Ball Game on the Goose Meadow ball field at 1:00 pm.

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Above: The Novi Brass Band at the 2012 Haven Hill Festival.

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Go to www.fohra.org and www.havenhillfestival.com for more information about the Friends of Highland Recreation Area, Edsel and Eleanor Ford’s Haven Hill Estate, the 1860’s Base Ball game, and the 2013 Haven Hill Festival. A Recreation Passport is required for state park entry.

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Haven Hill Hiking: Feel Changes in the Season


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A nice hike around the trails of the Haven Hill Natural Area, and Goose Meadow, on September 2, 2012.

An end of summer hike was in order yesterday so I headed into the Haven Hill National Natural Landmark in the early morning on September 2, Labor Day weekend. Quiet forests with the mystical quality of Haven Hill met me with open arms. Love this place!

Found a few beautiful mushrooms alongside the trail…

And a squirrel or two…

Did you know that a chipmunk is actually just a small striped squirrel?

The squirrel above was too busy gathering nuts for winter to worry about me.. he stopped for a peek down from his tree and then headed on to his store somewhere.

Above: Orange Jewelweed is along Haven Hill Lake at this time of year.

The Great Blue Lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica) is gorgeous if you look really closely at its’ delicate flowers.

Above: Some mushrooms can get kind of prickly when they mature. Ouch!



Okay I did it, above… posted a picture of early fall color at Haven Hill! Sorry. But the change of the season is here… mums are at the roadside stands, and the stores are starting to put out hay bales and scare crows. And rumor has it that a cider mill or two are open already…

Every time that I have ventured into the wilderness around Haven Hill I have found an interesting and new wonder of nature.  This time of year is a time of transition. You can feel it in the air. Squirrels working on winter food supplies, leaves changing color a little bit, mushrooms giving life one last shot before the cold air returns. Walk the woods of Haven Hill to feel the spirit of the seasons!