Glacial Hills Pathway and Natural Area
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Other Protected Land Activities
- 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 & Managed by The Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy, owned by Antrim County, Forest Home Township & The Village of Bellaire.
The extreme ecological diversity found at the Glacial Hills Pathway and Natural Area speaks to its statewide significance. The property contains 12 distinct habitat types, including two hardwood forest types, three wetland habitats, and the shrub thicket and wet mesic forest types that support more than 20 species of trees, over 100 species of flowers, and over 100 species of birds, including great-horned owls, eagles and the threatened red-shoulder hawk.
The protection of natural land parcels, like these, within Forest Home Township and Antrim County is critical to safeguarding the quality of Torch Lake, Clam Lake, Lake Bellaire, and Intermediate Lake–forever. Additionally, preservation of this property permanently protects the headwaters of Grass Creek. Not only does this effort ensure the continuance of high water quality in the Chain of Lakes, but it preserves a critical wildlife corridor containing both east-west and north-south links.
Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy assisted Antrim County and Forest Home Township in acquiring 345 acres of property which consolidated fragmented holdings into a contiguous 763-acre publicly-owned block. Although the parcels are owned by separate units of government, the Natural Area shares a combined trail system of over 28 miles which are well-suited for hiking, biking, cross country skiing, hunting and wildlife viewing (Trail Maps). Located only 1/2 mile northwest of the Village of Bellaire, the successful protection of this land coupled with the trail system allows for the numerous, widely-recognized economic benefits of trails and greenway corridors to impact the entire Bellaire community.
GTRLC’s work continues in the form of trail design as well as overseeing a substantial volunteer effort to construct and maintain the trail system. Check out the Project Description & the Landscript article “A New Trail System for Glacial Hills” to learn more about the volunteer efforts, our community partnerships and the project’s financial requirements. If you would like to pitch in and learn how to build sustainable trails sign up for a Trail Building Day on the Events Page or contact Brad Gerlach or Nate Richardson.
Antrim County. 345 acres acres.