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Protected by the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy, owned by Benzie County, managed GTRLC & Benzie County.

Upon completing a third addition in 2012, the Conservancy helped expand the Railroad Point Natural Area to more than 200 acres, making a wildlife corridor that spans from Crystal Lake to the Betsie River. A pending fourth addition in 2021 will add about 10 more critical acres and remove an inholding that could have allowed development in the middle of this special place.

The property includes a 1.5 mile trail including stunning views of Crystal lake from a bluff high above. This trail, named the Mary Margaret Johnson Trail, was completed in 2011 thanks to a generous gift to this project in Mary Margaret’s honor from her husband, Walt Johnson. The trail is a sustainable one, designed to showcase the full beauty of the natural area by following its contours. As of 2018, it is connected to the Betsie Valley Trail below by way of the Charlie Kehr Memorial Trail Connector, a stairway named in honor of former Benzie County Parks Commissioner and GTRLC board member Charlie Kehr.

Be sure to read the Railroad Point chapter from our 25th anniversary publication Love the Land: Pass it On.

To learn about the new stairway, read the Charlie Kehr Memorial Trail Connector chapter from our Campaign for Generations wrap publication.

For up-to-date hunting rules and regulations for this particular property, please contact Benzie County at (231) 882-9671.

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

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