Protected, owned and managed by the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy
Note: A portion of the trail system is closed due to high water levels (see trail map).
Reffitt Nature Preserve is an inspiring place. During the 1990s, local businessman Ronald G. Reffitt showed great leadership in the business community by choosing to balance development with conservation when creating Peninsula Business Park East. Mr. Reffitt, a northern Michigan native, wished to develop his property, but he also understood the regional importance of preserving its critical natural features and distinct northern Michigan character. To realize his vision, Mr. Reffitt worked tirelessly with GTRLC, local municipalities and other local businesses to create a business park that retains its natural character. He also donated to GTRLC some adjacent properties that became the George and Ada Reffitt Nature Preserve. The preserve, with an addition in 2012, now consists of over 100 acres of land forever preserved and open to the public.
This reserve encompasses wetlands and forests that play a key role in protecting water quality. These environments also host diverse wildlife species and distinctive plant life. Reffitt is situated between Three and Four Mile roads adjacent to the Traverse City State Park and the popular TART trail. Please note that much of the trail is now closed due to high water levels (the preserve’s proximity to Lake Michigan means it is affected by high Great Lakes water levels) and will be reopened when waters subside.