This beautiful outdoor walking and/or hiking trail is one of Fenton’s best kept secrets (until now).
Dauner Martin Nature Preserve in Fenton, Michigan is a 155-acre sanctuary offering wooded hiking trails and cross-country ski trails through pine forests on dirt (or snow) and boardwalk trails. Prepare to be one with nature as you will encounter rabbits, squirrels, birds and even the occasional deer on your walk. As a bonus, Dauner Martin also accepts dogs.
Customers can enter from North Leroy Street (Fenton Road) in Fenton between Guns Galore and VG’s Food Center. Parking is limited, however, you can park in the VG’s Food Center parking lot and walk to the trailhead. A second entry is located on Dauner Road 0.4 miles east of North Leroy Road.
Dauner Martin Nature Sanctuary is the perfect place to enjoy Michigan’s four seasons. The trails are shaded by giant trees to keep you cool during the hot summer months, and the fall months are filled with beautiful color. Don’t forget hiking or cross-country skiing in the snow, and the trails come alive in the spring with the return of green plants and the chirping of birds.
If you’re worried about getting lost in Dauner Martin, don’t be. As you will see in the photos below, the trees and trails are color coded to keep you on the right path. If I can follow these trails without fail, believe me, you can too.
Dauner Martin Nature Sanctuary is open year round from dawn to dusk. There are no entrance or vehicle fees.