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Protected by the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy, managed by Friends of Glacial Hills, owned by Antrim County, Forest Home Township and the Village of Bellaire. 

PLEASE NOTE: For up-to-date trail maps and other information, please visit the FRIENDS OF GLACIAL HILLS website.

For the Glacial Hills Pathway & Natural Area Economic Impact Study completed by Avenue ISR, click here.


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, more than 100 species of flowers, and more than 100 species of birds, including great-horned owls, eagles and the threatened red-shoulder hawk. Protection of this parcel also safeguards water quality in the beloved Chain of Lakes watershed.

GTRLC 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 is administered as a single entity and shares a combined trail system of over 30 miles. These trails are well-suited for hiking, biking, cross country skiing, hunting and wildlife viewing.

If you’d like to donate to trail maintenance at Glacial Hills, or to volunteer there, please click here to be redirected to the Friends of Glacial Hills website. Please note: these donations do not come to GTRLC.

Read the Glacial Hills chapter from our 25th anniversary publication Love the Land: Pass it On.


Hunting is allowed. MDNR rules broadly apply. Trails are NOT closed during hunting season. For additional regulations regarding this specific property, contact Antrim County at (231) 533-6265, Forest Home Township at (231) 533-8003 or the Village of Bellaire at (231) 533-8213.

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