Passport Partners

1.

Raven Hill Discovery Center

4737 Fuller Road • East Jordan, MI 49727

(231) 536-3369

www.ravenhilldiscoverycenter.org

 

Raven Hill Discovery Center, located on 157 acres, is where science, history and art connect for children and adults through hands-on activities and explorations, both indoors and outdoors. Connections provide opportunities for all ages to learn, create, grow and play. Adjacent to the Little Traverse Conservancy’s Raven Ridge Nature Preserve.

Directions:

To Raven Hill Discovery Center from US-131 at Boyne Falls, MI: Take US-131 into Boyne Falls, Michigan. Turn west on M-75 toward Boyne City. Go .8 mile. Turn left onto C-48 (Deer Lake Road/THE BREEZEWAY). Follow C-48 to stop sign and turn left toward East Jordan (still C-48). Go 4 miles. Turn left on Pearsall Road, which is in MILE 15 of THE BREEZEWAY. Almost immediately, within 50 feet, turn left again onto Fuller Road. Go over Deer Creek and up the big hill (3/4 mile). Raven Hill is located on the right side of Fuller Road.

2.

Pond Hill Farm

5581 South Lake Shore Dr. • Harbor Springs

(231) 526-FARM

www.pondhill.com

 

Pond Hill is a great place to bring the family for a fun filled farm experience. Feed the animals, play with the Squash Rocket and visit the trout pond. The farm market is full of local and organic goodies. Pond Hill Farm is open from 8am to 6pm daily, closed on major holidays.

Directions:

Pond Hill Farm is located 5 miles north of downtown Harbor Springs on Scenic M 119 (Tunnel of Trees), on a sharp 90 degree left turn just before the 5 mile creek school house and 1 mile north of the main entrance to Birchwood Farms Country Club.

3.

Goodhart Farms – LTC Nature Preserve

State Road • Harbor Springs

(231) 536-3369

www.landtrust.org

 

The Good Hart Farms property is a 595 acre mix of meadows, hay fields, and maple, beech, and ash forest, and rolling terrain offering views of Lake Michigan. Trails: Three parking areas are available on this preserve. Please do not enter the hay fields but instead travel along the edges of the field/forest margin. Trails are groomed in winter.

Directions:

From Harbor Springs, take State Road north 9 miles to Robinson Road. Turn left on Robinson and travel 3 1/2 miles to the beginning of the preserve at the Hannah Road intersection. Summer parking is off of Hannah, Lone Rock, and Church Roads. Winter parking is off of Robinson Road. Hunting Allowed, check website for details.

4.

Raunecker – LTC Nature Preserve

Fourth Street • Harbor Springs

(231) 347-0991

www.landtrust.org

 

A mixed conifer-deciduous forest and cedar swamp. Trailhead located off 4th street, this preserve is just a few blocks west of downtown Harbor Springs. A board-walked trail connects local roads for neighborhood pathways.

Directions: 

From Main Street in downtown Harbor Springs, travel west past Holy Childhood Church until the road dead ends on Traverse Street. Take a right and travel 4 blocks to Fourth street. Turn left. The preserve entrance is about 1/4 mile on the left. No Hunting.

5.

Skyline Trail (North Country Trail)

www.northcountrytrail.org

 

The Skyline Trail property is 65 acres and adjoins City of Petoskey lands to the north and south. The property provides outstanding views of the Bear River valley and also views of the Little Traverse Bay. The property links together over 800 acres of City and State of Michigan lands.

Directions: 

From US-31 in Petoskey head east on Mitchell Street for 1.7 miles and then south (right) on Division Street for 0.8 miles. Turn east (left) on Atkins Road and 0.5 miles turn south (right) on Cedar Valley Road. Follow Cedar Valley Road for 0.5 miles and turn east (left) on Greenwood Road and follow it for 1.5 miles as it around a curves to the south and comes to a four-way intersection. Continue south onto Brubaker Road and in a mile turn west (right) on Krause Road. Within a mile the trailhead parking area will appear on the right and be marked by a North Country Trail sign.

6.

Thorne Swift Nature Preserve

6696 Lower Shore Dr. • Harbor Springs

(231) 526-6401

$3 Parking Fee for non-West Traverse Township residents.

 

This 30 acre nature preserve is owned by the Little Traverse Conservancy, and maintained by West Traverse Township. A well groomed trail system winds through a mix of upland dunes and lowland cedar swamp along the Lake Michigan shoreline. Open Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Directions: 

From Harbor Springs, take M-119 northwest 3.8 miles to Lower Shore Drive. Follow Lower Shore Drive for 1/2 mile. The preserve sign is on the left. No Hunting.

7.

Bear River Valley Recreation Area

101 E. Lake Street • Petoskey

(231) 347-1027

www.petoskey.us/departments/parks-a-recreation/parks/

 

Located entirely within the City of Petoskey, this 36 acre, 1.5 mile long river valley park features steep terrain, unpaved and paved trails, forests, and boardwalks. The Bear River Valley Recreation Area is the Lower Peninsula’s only whitewater park.

Directions: 

In downtown Petoskey, entrances to this park are located on West Lake Street, Sheridan Street and several adjacent neighborhoods.

8.

Michigan Fisheries

Visitors Center

337 US-31 • Oden

(231) 348-0998

www.michigan.gov/dnr/

 

This Michigan Fisheries Visitor Center boasts a self-guided, one-mile loop nature trail, with fun, interactive stops along the way. See trout in the outdoor stream viewing chamber, and feed the fish at the Big Fish Pond. Enjoy a hatchery tour, and a visit to a historic train car. Stop by the gift store at the visitor center or wade in a trout stream and dig for critters anywhere within the 130 acre site. The grounds are open year-round, the visitor center is open, seasonally.

Directions:

The visitor center is located 5 miles East of Petoskey on US-31 in Oden.

9.

Petoskey State Park

2475 M-119 Hwy. • Petoskey

(231) 347-2311 • (800) 447-2757 (reservations)

www.michigandnr.com/parksandtrails/

 

Petoskey State Park, located on the north end of Little Traverse Bay, is situated on 303 scenic acres and offers a beautiful sandy beach on the bay. The park has two separate modern campgrounds. Two trails run through Petoskey State Park: Old Baldy Trail climbs up a dune with a scenic view, and The Portage Trail winds through very diverse terrain.

Directions: 

Located off M-119 between Petoskey and Harbor Springs.

10.

Wilderness State Park

903 Wilderness Park Dr. • Carp Lake

(231) 436-5381 • (800) 447-2757 (reservations)

 

www.michigan.gov/dnr/

 

Wilderness State Park offers visitors a variety of year-round recreational activities within 10,000 acres including 26 miles of beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline and numerous trails, including 10 miles of the North Country Trail. There are 250 modern campsites six rustic cabins and three rustic bunkhouses. Guided naturalist programs take place throughout summer.

Directions: 

11 miles West of Mackinaw City.

11.

L.T. Wheelway – Top of Michigan Trails Council

445 E. Mitchell • Petoskey

(231) 348-8280

www.trailscouncil.org

 

Top of Michigan Trails advocate and facilitate a network of multipurpose recreational trails in northern Lower Michigan. Currently there are 288 miles of trail, of which 109 are classified as “improved” (mountain bike, not ‘road bike’ approved). Call us or check online at www.gettingkidsoutdoors for details. The Little Traverse Wheelway, or “Bike Path” runs 23 miles from Charlevoix to Harbor Springs in Charlevoix and Emmet Counties. Mostly dedicated and asphalt, it’s currently the best developed and most suburban trunk line trail suitable for smooth surface activities.

Directions: 

The 26 mile paved trail starts near Hoyt and Lake Streets on Harbor Spring’s east side and ends in downtown Charlevoix.

12.

LTBB Trail Head

7500 Odawa Circle • Harbor Springs

(231) 242-1400

www.ltbbodawa-nsn.gov

 

We will respect, honor, and care for Mother Earth and her families, keeping the next seven generations in mind. There are numerous trails within Emmet County and a few just outside LTBB’s main governmental office buildings on Odawa Circle. The LTBB trail also links up with The Offield Family Nature Preserve. This preserve, owned by Little Traverse Conservancy, has 388 acres which includes 4 miles of trails. Stop by the Natural Resources building for your sticker and to learn more!

Directions: 

Turn on to Odawa Circle off of Pleasant View Rd. Follow 1/4 mile to the right (north)around Odawa Circle. There will be a small sign on the north side of the road indicating the trailhead just of the shoulder of the road. There is currently no onsite parking.

13.

The Headlands

7725 E. Wilderness Road • Mackinaw City

(231) 436-4051

www.emmetcounty.org/headlands/

 

Open 24 hours a day at no charge, The Headlands contains approximately 550 acres of pristine woodlands, more than two miles of undeveloped Lake Michigan shoreline and many species of rare and endangered plant life. Visitors may experience sightings of many wild animals native to the area. Marked nature trails guide hikers, bicyclists, cross-country skiers, and nature photographers to experience the park throughout the changing seasons.

Directions: 

From Mackinaw City, take Central Avenue west for two miles to its end. Turn south (left) and go 1/3 mile to the entrance road on the right.

14.

Create Your Own Site

Use the map at the front of your passport to get ideas on other places to go or visit gettingkidsoutdoors.cloudaccess.net/explore/. There are a few locations listed on the map that do not have corresponding pages in your passport. Use this page to create a new destination for one of the other sites on the map, or come up with an entirely new destination all on your own. You can even choose your backyard as a destination! Have fun, be creative, create your own logo, stamp, and site symbols – enjoy the great outdoors.

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