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Finally: we’re having the winter weather so many snow lovers wait for! And if the forecast is any indicator, we’re going to have a perfect mix of snow cover and not-too-frigid temperatures going into the weekend (and hopefully beyond.) Here are five ways local residents and visitors love to enjoy Berrien Springs when there’s snow on the ground:

Snowshoe or Ski Love Creek County Park.

Six miles of diverse trails make Love Creek a regional treasure. Cross-country ski and showshoe rentals, plus a commitment to winter trail grooming, make the park a year-round playground. Trails are open year-round, 7 days a week, dawn to dusk; and rentals are typically available while the Nature Center is open (with limitations). Check out the Love Creek Facebook page for the most up-to-date information on ski and snowshoe rentals (and fat tire bike rentals, coming soon!)

Look for winter birds.

Berrien Springs is home to a fantastic community of bird watchers and enthusiasts, the Berrien Birding Club. And that’s by design: this area is a great place to scout for feathered friends! In the Village of Berrien Springs Facebook community, local resident Rhoda recommends checking out Lake Chapin to view waterfowl, the cemetery for owl-sighting opportunities, and below the dam to spy migrating species sheltering. “We have a nice selection of habitat with our river,” she says. Join the group and jump into the conversation!

Check out the Andrews University trail system.

The 11 miles of trails are a hidden gem for year-round hiking; right now there are 4 groomed miles ready for fat-tire biking. Check out the Trails @ Andrews Facebook group for up-to-date info.

Play A Round Of Disc Golf

Golf might not be your first thought when it comes to cold-weather activity, but Andrews University boasts a 18-hole disc course that’s free to all students, the campus community, and the community at large- open year-round, daily until dusk. Check out a map of 18-hole Disc Golf Course, grab a score card and head out.

Stroll around town and enjoy the view!

Okay, we know not all of you are cold-weather adventurers, but we happen to think a twilight walk in our historic village is a treat any day – and especially in the falling snow. Take a mug of cocoa, do some window-shopping or stop into one of the local restaurants (now open again!) or shops to warm up, have a bite, or browse: there’s lots to see and do on a peaceful winter night.

What is your favorite way to enjoy winter weather in Berrien Springs? Weigh in on our Facebook page!