Long known to locals as “The Gorge,” this 18-acre property is equal parts visually stunning and ecologically critical. An ice-cold branch of Acme Creek emerges from a slope in the depths of a roughly 100-foot ravine, spilling through an undeveloped forest of hemlock, pine and hardwoods. Because of its sensitive ecological features and lack of suitability for a trail system due to very steep topography, this property is managed as a sanctuary (passive recreation is allowed, but not encouraged).

Of the six branches of Acme Creek, three arise on already protected land owned by the state. The preserve protected an additional branch, a move that further safeguards water quality in East Grand Traverse Bay, the local source of public drinking water.

If you decide to visit, please familiarize yourself with the boundary map.