by Dianne Koch
Our travels recently took us to the Whiting Forest of Dow Gardens in Midland, Michigan. A unique canopy walk in the forest trees provided a unique hiking experience. Opening in October 2018, the canopy walk is the nation’s longest at 1400 feet long with two lookout points at 25 feet in height, and the third point at 40 feet overlooks the Forest’s apple orchards. A children’s playground, a meandering stream, the Forest Café, an education center, woodlands, ponds, meadows, and, of course, hiking trails give visitor’s plenty to see and explore. The Visitor’s Center was originally designed as a home for the Whiting family by a relative who studied at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin School in Spring Green, Wisconsin. Nearby is the Dow Gardens property, a lovely large arboretum that was the estate of the Dow Chemical family who bequeathed the land for outdoor nature appreciation.