Trail and Hike Routes
MCC's Kenneth J. Lehman Nature Trails offer more than 4 miles of trails through more than 100 acres. You can walk the entire 4 miles or one of the four smaller hikes that have been plotted out.
- There are more than four miles of maintained hiking and cross-country skiing trails, which span more 100 acres on the college’s Sidney campus and the Stanton State Game Area.
- The trails offer a variety of hikes, which take 20 to 45 minutes to complete.
- There are self-guided tour maps at trail entrances, which include descriptions of trees, flowers, wildlife and other vegetation found along the trails.
- There are more than 100 numbered markers to guide visitors.
- The trails include over 30 bluebird, duck, and bat houses.
- Fourteen benches are located on five different trails for peaceful resting and viewing spots. See map for location.
- Wetlands and two freshwater lakes – North Twin Lake and South Twin Lake – offer habitat for a variety of animals.
- A dock on South Twin Lake offers visitors a place to enjoy the scenery.
- A vernal pond along the White Tail Trail offers breeding habitats for many invertebrates and several vertebrates in the spring, including spring peepers, wood frogs and blue spotted salamanders.
- White-tail deer, birds, and other wildlife frequent the trails and surrounding area.
- An outdoor classroom is available. Use of the outdoor classroom is free, but should be scheduled two weeks in advance. Please contact Administrative Services Assistant Julie Stockwell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 989-328-1222.
Name & color of markersMeadow Loop (Green)
Witch Hazel (Blue)
Swamp Walkway (Yellow)
White Tail & Broken Pine Loop (Red)
Brown Road (Black)
Forest Ridge, Hemlock Loop & Spruce Grove Loop (Orange)
Ginger's Way (Yellow)
Tree Swallow Loop (Green)
Wetland Way (Black)
Forest Heritage (Red)
White Pine & Sugar Loop (Yellow)
Lichen Lane (Blue)
Wood Duck (Orange)
Level of difficulty & distanceEasy (0.33 mile)
Medium (0.25 mile)
Easy (0.40 mile)
Medium (0.27 mile)
Easy (0.20 mile)
Easy (0.40 mile)
Easy (0.25 mile)
Hard (0.18 mile)
self-guiding trail mapView a self-guiding map of the Kenneth J. Lehman Nature Trails with color coded trail markers to help guide your hike.
aviary ambleRoute: Head north/northeast to the circle drive, take the Tree Swallow Loop around to meet the Wood Duck Trail (just after the branch off for the Twin Lakes Trail), to the White Pine Trail south to take the Meadow Trail back.Length: 1 mile (about 30 minutes)
witch hazel wanderingRoute: Starting at the Administration/Library Building, go through the connector between the Beatrice E. Doser and Activities buildings to the Kenneth J. Lehman Nature Trails sign, across the Swamp Bridge to the White Tail Trail, north on Brown Road, west on the Forest Ridge Trail, south on the Witch Hazel Trail, and back across the Swamp Bridge.Length: 1.5 miles (45 minutes)
heritage hikeRoute: Starting at MCC’s Administration/Library Building, take Forest Heritage Trail to the outdoor classroom to the White Pine Trail to the Meadow Trail to College Drive.
Length: 1 mile (about 30 minutes)
Savanna sojournRoute: Starting at the sidewalk behind the Administration/Library Building, go past the tennis courts, around the Savanna Loop and back.
Length: 2/3 of a mile (about 20 minutes)