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Pinckney Recreation Area - 50th Anniversary of the Potawatomi Trail

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At Pinckney Recreation Area Pinckney State Recreation Area, 8555 Silver Hill Road, Pinckney, MI 48169, USA

Posted by William Schrack

734-426-4913

http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-153-10365_36576_48489-325169--,00.html

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Hard to believe, but the Potawatomi Trail, or Poto as it's affectionately known to both locals and around the country, is 50 years old. Originally designed and created in 1964 by the Boy Scouts of America, the trail has evolved from its original 12 miles to the current 17 miles. The amount of work and dedication that went into building the trail by the founding fathers is extraordinary to say the least. The man who spearheaded the effort, Glenn Seaver, was truly a man with a mission. Everyone, scouts and non-scouts alike, is invited to join us as we recreate the original Charter Day Hike of approximately 8 miles on both days this weekend. Meet at Camp Munhacke, 20120 Bartell Road in Gregory. The land the trail traverses was a hunting and fishing area for Native Americans for centuries. An ancient Indian campsite used by the Potawatomi Indians for eons in the spring and summer months exists near the trail, but the location is kept unpublished at the request of the DNR. The trail twice crosses Portage Creek , which was a segment of an Indian canoe route that went across Michigan west to Lake Michigan. The looped trail continues to provide thousands of people with healthy, scenic recreation every year. It officially begins at Silver Lake with numerous entrances along the way. It offers a challenging terrain for hikers, runners and bikers alike. In fact, many long-distance hikers use it for shake down trips and to prepare for major hike/camp events out west. It was named one of the Top 25 rated trails in the country by Runners World. Patches will be available to participants and spectators alike, with all proceeds going to Boy Scout programs. Any questions about this event should be directed to Dee at 734-368-8135 or Randy at 810-923-0811. For information about the park, please call 734-426-4913


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