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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.

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.

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.

Pelizzari Trail Map

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