Arcadia Dunes: The C.S. Mott Nature Preserve
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- Biking is available
- Birding is available
- Fishing is not available
- Hiking is available
- Hunting is available
- Kayaking is not available
- Sanctuary is not available
- Parking is available
- Skiing is available
- Scenic is available
- Running is available
- Swimming is not available
- Volunteer is not available
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Protected, Owned and Managed by The Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy
Arcadia Dunes, GTRLC’s largest preserve, includes over 15 miles of trail to explore the dunes, forests and many other landscapes encompassed in this beautiful preserve. Adjacent working farms have also been permanently protected which insure the longevity of this area’s rich agricultural heritage and add to the landscape tapestry. This incredibly diverse preserve provides a wide range of recreation opportunities and experiences from wandering to birding to mountain biking.
The Dryhill Trails are multi-use trails and widely known as fantastic hiking, trail running and mountain biking experiences. The Camp Trail is another multi-use trail built on relatively flat ground making it a wonderful hike and beginner mountain bike ride. Pete’s Woods is a wonderful little hike with an unparalleled wildflower display in the spring. The Baldy Trails wander through beautiful forests and include breathtaking views of Lake Michigan from dunes high above the water. The Spring Woodland Wild Flowers Guide & Dune Wildflowers Guide will help you identify what you see along the trail.
Arcadia Dunes is also an amazing northern Michigan birding experience and is part of the Sleeping Bear Birding Trail. To learn more about birding at Arcadia Dunes read the Sleeping Bear Birding Trail’s great birding site descriptions.
One of Arcadia Dune’s birding sites is the Dryhill Grassland. This piece of the preserve is being managed into a grassland habitat which is a rare, beautiful and important Michigan landscape. Grasslands are immensely diverse and beautiful ecosystems and have nearly disappeared in a few short decades. Check out the Grassland Birds of Arcadia Dunes Guide to learn which birds make the the Grassland their home. Experiencing the unique wide-open beauty of this landscape is worth the trip whether you are a birder or not. Read more about the Dryhill Grassland project.
Also please note some areas of the preserve have recently cut trees. These are part of the Forestry Plan which can be learned about in more detail by reading the Arcadia Dunes Forestry Plan Summary.
3600. Benzie County, Manistee County.