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Protected, owned and managed by the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy.

Visitors to the Cosner & Bennett-Barnes Nature Preserve will enjoy a trail system through a mix of both intact and recovering natural communities that provide diverse habitat for numerous flora and fauna. A 0.4-mile loop traverses an old field, and a 0.8-mile loop crosses several bridges and boardwalks while passing through swamp, hardwood forest and Bennett Creek. The creek flows through the preserve and empties into the Jordan River shortly after crossing the eastern property boundary.

A parking area, preserve sign, informational kiosk and trailhead are located on the east side of Highway M-66 about 2.5 miles south of East Jordan.

Certain types of hunting are allowed in accordance with state regulations:

  • Deer hunting; all forms.
  • Small game, waterfowl and turkey hunting. When waterfowl hunting, GTRLC prohibits targeting of coots, common moorhens/gallinules and rail species.
  • No trapping.

For more information, please visit our Hunting Regulations page.

Dogs are welcome, but they must be leashed at all times! Click here to find out why.

Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! Boats and anglers can significantly contribute to the spread of invasive species in Michigan’s waterways. Every time you launch into or leave a body of water, please do the following to prevent their spread:

  • Clean boats, trailers, and equipment and remove all mud, debris, and aquatic plant material
  • Drain water from watercraft, including live wells, bilges, and ballast tanks
  • Dry watercraft and equipment thoroughly
  • Dispose of bait in the trash–please do not release bait into the water!

Cosner and Bennett-Barnes Trails

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