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Grand Island NRA in October

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Distance: 14.7 miles


Fall colors, cliffs, lake side camping, and an island all to yourself.
  • Duck Crossing
  • Resilient Trees
  • Morning on Murray Bay

While this trip was intended to be a backpacking trip to the North side of Grand Island, nasty weather forced me to camp on the protected South side of the island. As a result I spent one day drying out from the storm and the next day came up with this roughly 14-15 mile day hike around the island that highlighted a lot of the great stuff she had to offer: 2 inland lakes, towering cliffs, a waterfall, and trails enclosed with, from my rudimentary tree species identification skills, hemlock, quaking aspen, white pine, maples, etc. Trails are easily navigable with minimal elevation gain/loss.
Hike starts from the Murray Bay Campground. Unless you have your own boat, a ferry(ie, old pontoon) needs to be taken, which runs from Memorial Day to early October. $15 round trip.
Extra bonus: most all trails can be biked!

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