This bright red “Big Wheel” greets visitors at the entrance to Hartwick Pines State Park. Years ago lumberjacks would use them with a team of oxen to pull out logs from the Michigan forest. The park has 49 acres of old-growth pine forest and a logging museum open during the summer. The road to the visitors center along with the parking lot is plowed. The visitors center is closed but the trails for hiking and cross country skiing are open. I started to hike to the chapel but with the cold temps and the fact that I was alone, I decided it would be better that I wait for a warmer day and a hiking partner.
P.S. I have been selected by the Michigan DNR to be a Photo Ambassador. If you have followed my work for a while you know I enjoy spending time at our state parks along with camping at some of them while out exploring the Great Lakes State. I am looking forward to working with the DNR in an official capacity. I am still doing what I have always done but you may see a few more pics from the state parks or my pics on their Instagram account @Mistateparks
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