Last October, we visited the Ledges Playhouse in Grand Ledge as part of our Halloween special exploring spiritualism in Michigan... including the annual Harry Houdini seances done here.
But Harry Houdini is a story for another day.
Now, we're going to focus on Grand Ledge, and its history of spiritualism as well as its natural beauty that likely drew the spiritualists here of all places, just as it drew us there last year.
The spiritualists had come to Grand Ledge in 1895, for meetings, seances, and summer camps.
Today, a large part of what was once the pavilion and other assets of the summer camp structures resides the Ledges Playhouse, a theatre company that runs summer productions.
We had hoped to return this summer to attend one of their plays, always a collaborative effort with several local theatre groups in the Lansing area.
Unfortunately, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the shows are temporarily on hold for now. But that didn't stop us from returning to Grand Ledge... this time to hike the picturesque trails near the playhouse.
These trails are full of naturally occurring ledges (hence the name "Grand Ledge") and utter beauty throughout. We were in awe, and consider these to be the best trails in lower Michigan.
WATCH our video below to learn more about the area, get a glimpse of the trails themselves, and learn how you can SAFELY visit them by complying with CDC and local DNR guidelines: