nahma marshThis 0.3 mile linear trail once crept under a dense cedar forest, but a windstorm in 1997 leveled the trees leaving hikers today with broad vistas of the marsh. This hard surfaced fully accessible trail ends at a two-tiered viewing platform where an assortment of wetland wildlife can be seen. Rest areas with benches are space every 200 feet or so along the trail.

This is an easy trail near the Sturgeon River in the Hiawatha National Forest.  Ruffled Grouse, whitetail deer and sandhill cranes are just a few of the native wildlife you may encounter.

This trail is regaining its natural appearance as the forest heals from the effects of the wind storm.  If you go in the spring, especially early May, you might spot eagles.  During an afternoon visit in the first week of May 2012, I encountered two pairs of Bald Eagles.  Based on their aggressive behavior I would guess that they were nesting.

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