Photo by Little Traverse Conservancy
Since 1972, the Little Traverse Conservancy has worked with landowners to protect the natural diversity and beauty of Northern Michigan. The conservancy protects significant land and scenic areas and provides opportunities for all of us to appreciate and understand the environment. With more than 40,000 acres of land and 70 miles of shoreline protected, the Conservancy encourages the use of the preserves for hiking, photography, and other types of recreation.
When visiting the preserves, please do not remove any plant, animal or other natural features. State law requires pets to be on a leash at all times. Interpretative information is available at some of the properties and all of the sites listed here include trails or boardwalks to facilitate comfortable travel.
And if you’re a geocacher, there are more than 80 caches hidden in 45 Conservancy preserves.
3264 Powell Rd., Harbor Springs, MI, 49740
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The Harsha House and the Charlevoix Depot Museum, run by the Charlevoix Historical Society, preserve much of Charlevoix’s rich history.
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