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Brinton Timber


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  1. Hitching Posts
  2. Horseback Riding
  3. Picnic Tables
  4. Pit Toilets
  5. Primitive Camping
  6. Trails

Brinton Timber 


  1. Pit Toilets
  2. Primitive Camping
  3. Trails
  4. Hitching Rails

 Northwest of Brighton. Off of Highways 1/78, take Fir Ave. north (one mile west of Brighton). Brinton Timber is at the north end of Fir Avenue from this direction. 
 Brinton Timber encompasses 320.5 acres northeast of Brighton where horseback riding is particularly popular.   Additionally, there is a 12.5 acre white oak timber dedicated to the memory of Bill V Horton, bringing the total acreage in this preserve to 333.  The entire property is a preserve and wildlife refuge with many outstanding natural features as well as over 6 miles of hiking and horseback riding trails divided into 6 distinct loops. 
Living Monument
 This living monument features a wide range of natural features as it transitions from upland to lowland timber. Several small streams cut through the park on their way to the Skunk River. A few shallow ponds may be found where, in spring and summer, visitors are serenaded by frog songs.   Especially popular amongst visitors are impressive rock formations that we have named Bent Rock and Table Rock, both of which are found along the segment of trail marked with a blue moon symbol.
Plant Life
 All season long, Brinton Timber shows off a myriad of plant life varying each season.  There are 150 year old oak trees and a virtual carpet of ephemeral flowers such as bloodroot, buttercup, and Dutchman’s breeches.  Seasonally, morel mushrooms and other wild edibles are also popular.  Fall colors in this woodland are also particularly enjoyable.

 Birds & Mammals

 This wildlife refuge (no hunting here) is loaded with woodland wildlife species.  Visitors are extremely apt to hear, and maybe even spot birds like the crow-sized pileated woodpecker.  Deer are also very plentiful.  .
Seasonal Changes
 Be sure to return in the fall as the trees show off their colors. Oaks, maples, hickories, and walnuts decorate the hills. Listen as dead leaves crunch underfoot and watch the squirrels gather nuts. Visit after the 1st snowfall and follow the abundant tracks made by wildlife, including deer, squirrel, rabbit, and mouse. Feel the hush winter makes in the depth of the woods. And enjoy the solitude of wildness.
 Flip signs are installed to close the trails to horses during muddy conditions to help protect the safety of patrons as well as the resources.  No hunting or trapping, and please, take only memories and leave only footprints behind.