Thirty years ago, in an attempt to replace a native herd hunted to extinction in the 1920s, the state of Michigan re-introduced elk to the Pigeon River State Forest. A great success, a large herd of the impressive beasts now call the northeast corner of the lower peninsula home.
One of the best ways to catch a glimpse of the elusive herd is by dual sport, which easily covers the dirt roads and two-tracks throughout the forest. The elk typically come out of the deep forest to graze in the early morning and late evening, so it pays to get an early start. The promise of a delicious breakfast is a great motivator for early rising, and the Old Depot restaurant at the corner of State Highway 32 and Heatherton Road in Johannesburg, MI, dishes up exactly what’s needed: Sweet Potato Pancakes (the house specialty), Eggs Blackstone, and Cinnamon-swirl French Toast.