Pelizzari Natural Area

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Protected by The Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy (GTRLC), owned by Peninsula Township, managed by the GTRLC.

The Pelizzari Natural Area’s diversity and beauty lend itself to an easy love. Its location, just north of Traverse City amidst relatively dense development, makes it a back yard park for many as well as a destination worth traveling to. While Pelizarri was once farmed and remnants of that heritage are evident, there are also glimpses into what the Old Mission Peninsula looked like before farmers and subdivisions took up residence on this 18 mile peninsula between East and West Grand Traverse Bays. The nearly 3 miles of trail meanders through wide open fields & former orchards, quiet upland forests, and cool lowlands with giant hemlocks. Visitors are likely to encounter several bird species and may even catch a glimpse of the resident fox. Download a Trail Map.

The story of Pelizzari Natural Area’s protection is an incredible tale spanning opportunities lost and seized, intrepid perseverance and an unwavering dedication to the land. Read the story here.

GTRLC, in partnership with Peninsula Township, is works to enhance the property’s recreational opportunities while improving and maintaining the property’s overall health and environmental integrity. This involves designing, building and maintaining trails, strategically planting native trees and shrubs, as well as removing invasive species.

Grand Traverse County. 62 acres.

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Mountain Biking is indicated where there are marked trails that are designed for and capable of handling bike traffic.
Birding can be done on all properties so we have added an icon to lands that are either exceptional for birding in uniqueness or diversity or are being specifically managed for bird habitat.
Fishing is indicated where it is a primary feature of the property.
Hiking is indicated where there are marked trails.
Hunting is indicated where it is legal to hunt however each preserve has specific stipulations which are specified for each preserve.
Kayaking/Canoeing is indicated on properties that either have a put-in on the land or have off-property public access proximal to the preserve. Some preserves are only accessible by boat.
Sanctuary properties have ecologically sensitive features and active use is discouraged.
Parking is indicated where there are designated areas for parking. Many lands do not have specific parking so please be safe and respectful of your parking choices when you visit a preserve w/o designated parking.
Skiing / Snowshoeing is indicated where back country (non groomed) skiing and snowshoeing is recommended and the road and/or parking lot is plowed.
Scenic Vistas are indicated where a grand view of the surrounding area is available.
Trail Running is indicated where there are marked trails that are capable of handling the rigors of trail running and are at least one mile in length.
Swimming is indicated where there is specific access to water and is swimming is a primary feature of the property.
Volunteers are needed at this preserve.