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Haven Hill Natural Area


  • Legally Dedicated Natural Area
  • National Natural Landmark

Size: 721 acres

Location: Within the Highland Recreation Area in Oakland County, 14 miles west of Pontiac on route M-59

Management: Highland Recreation Area

Activities: Bird watching, wildflower viewing, hiking, outdoor education, nature study, volunteer stewardship

Importance: The Haven Hill Natural Area has all of southern Michigan's principal forest types within one small area, including swamp forest of tamarack, cedar, beech-maple forest, oak-hickory forest, and mixed hardwood forest. The area has remained largely undisturbed for the past 75 years and has retained its natural character as well as some unusual flora and fauna. It is an excellent educational facility which is used by universities and international organizations. Late April and early May are the best times to view warblers and spring wildflowers.