About the Chapter:
The Chief Baw Beese chapter draws its members from as far to the east as Ann Arbor, Northern Detroit, and Brighton. We are fortunate to have an increasing number of members who live and work much closer to the trail, making maintaining and overseeing our section of it far easier. It also makes storing and caring for equipment in the new enclosed tool trailer more readily available. Our members hail from all the villages and towns along our section, and are active within the local communities as well as on the Trail.
Please contact us to find out about upcoming events and volunteer opportunities:
Chief Baw Beese Chapter Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/NCTbawbeese/
Contact the Chapter President Bruce Dziadzio at firstname.lastname@example.org
Info on the NCT Camp Shelter and Kayak info reservations.
Join our Chapter! Become a member of the NCTA, join a Chapter and select the Chief Baw Beese Chapter here: northcountrytrail.org/membership
Downloadable PDF Maps – Southern Michigan (MI Maps 165-180)
View this area of Trail on our online interactive map here.
View and download the PDF map of the NCT through the Lost Nations Area.
View and download the PDF map of the NCT through Litchfield.
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Litchfield – Trail Town:
The City of Litchfield is located in the northwest corner of Hillsdale County, between the cities of Albion and Hillsdale along State Highway M-99. The beautiful Saint Joseph River flows through the community, offering fishing, canoeing and picturesque views.
The Chief Baw Beese Chapter’s section of the North Country National Scenic Trail enters Michigan via Ohio’s County Road 20.50 where Territorial road is truly on the state border. Hikers can turn a half-mile west toward the official trail on Tuttle road, or – if supplies are needed – a detour a half-mile east and two miles north will access the tiny village of Waldron by the road of that name. Once re-supplied, it is easy to head the mile west back to Tuttle Road, by way of Center Street or Hartley Road (another mile north). If you are looking for a tavern meal, you’ll find one at the corner of Center and Main Streets. A BP gas station offers the usual roadway food and snacks on the way to Hartley Road.
The shortest way to a camping spot takes hikers about ten miles on farm-country roads to the Lost Nation State Game Area where camping is allowed from September 10 to May 15.
The Baw Beese section goes through tiny-but-growing Osseo, the Baw Beese Trail created by the city of Hillsdale, and the connector with its close neighbor, Jonesville. This leads, in turn, to another pleasant gravel road walk to our chapter’s first official “trail-town” partner, Litchfield. There, a welcoming hiking trail leads to the center of town, and several more opportunities for hikers’ needs to be met. A new campsite is along the trail just north of Herring Road, which you can learn more about here.
North of Litchfield, the farming country becomes somewhat more rolling as the country roads lead toward the town of Homer across the border shared with our neighboring Chief Noonday Chapter.
Lost Nation State Game Area Regulations: http://www.michigandnr.com/publications/pdfs/huntingwildlifehabitat/sga/Lost_Nation_SGA_map.pdf
By far, the most relaxing – sometimes spectacular – area of our section of the NCT is the seven miles passing through the Lost Nation (AKA Pittsford) State Game Area. The south entrance to Lost Nation is to the west off Pittsford Road. The SGA is moderately hilly, consisting of eskers and moraines left by retreating glaciers. This makes for a wide variety of wildlife habitats, and some striking views, especially around the multiple crossings of the fledgling Jordan River.
Lost Nation need not be hiked in its entirety to be enjoyed. There are several trail-head parking lots as well as other entry points along local roads where cars might be “spotted” to hike one or two sections
If you are hiking the trail between September 10 and May 15, there is an especially pleasant camping spot overlooking Lake #8, south of the parking area off Gilbert Road.