Seven Bridges

There is a small nature area on Valley Rd about 3 or 4 miles east of Rapid City, MI, called Seven Bridges.  The Rapid River divides into several small streams that flow through the area.  There are several bridges across these streams, but I have not found seven of them.  However, it is a wonderful place.  It has always been cool and quiet in the summer and fall, but I had never been there in the winter, until a couple weeks ago.

This is a view under the first bridge you come to.  The walk down the snowy incline was a bit slippery, but the combination of the stone walls and multiple falls made it work the effort.

Under the First Bridge
Under the First Bridge

 This is a closer view of the stream.

Under the First Bridge
Under the First Bridge

A little further along is a place where two of the streams merge.  Another bridge is just upstream from here.

Two Streams Merge
Two Streams Merge

The small rapids in the stream to the left are only 3 to 4 feet across.

Small Rapids
Small Rapids

 

Small Rapids
Small Rapids

 

Small Rapids
Small Rapids

These three tree stumps are located nearby in a wider, slower section of the river.

Three Stumps
Three Stumps

I only photographed the streams on this trip.  As you cross the bridge in the photos above, you enter an area where the tree roots are exposed above the ground.  These roots twist and turn in all directions, so watch your step.  The main trail continues back into an open field which, when followed to the right, takes you to another trail through a forest that has shown beautiful fall colors.

So, the next time you head to Alden or Torch Lake, take a side trip to Seven Bridges.

Mark

8 thoughts on “Seven Bridges

  1. What a beautiful area ~ love you long exposure shots of the water
    Still looks like winter is hanging on. . .

    1. This was two weeks ago. I’m sure there is much less (if any) snow left. I did like the ice in the water.

    1. Sorry, but there are no answers to unasked questions. Always ask.

      OK, now to your unasked question, this was two weeks ago. There is even less snow now, if any.

      I couldn’t go to Seven Bridges without being reminded of our trip there together. Fun day.

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