McCune Nature Preserve Trail

MODERATE 6 reviews

McCune Nature Preserve Trail is a 3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Petoskey, MI that features a river. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking and mountain biking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.0 miles Loop

dogs on leash


mountain biking



wild flowers

Dominated by hardwood forest, the property includes red pine plantations, meadow, creek, and a cedar swamp. The trail system offers roughly three miles of moderate hiking. This beautiful property was donated to the Little Traverse Conservancy in 1984 by Allan and Virginia McCune of Petoskey. Old two-tracks wind their way through the preserve as remnants of past logging days. The spring-fed Minnehaha Creek, which provides fish habitat, flows through the preserve on its way to Crooked Lake. The trails were dedicated to Allan Purchis whose family homesteaded the land. A replacement footbridge was constructed in 1997 across the east branch of the creek with funds from the Petoskey/Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation in memory of Ellen Pray Bondy.

25 days ago

Beautiful trail. Varied terrain.

1 month ago

My husband and I hiked this trail today. We were there about an hour and a half and could have stayed hours longer. It was beautiful, a feast for the senses. We can't wait to come back.

3 months ago

We found this hike absolutely beautiful! The trails are well maintained and 99% of them are in heavy shade under dense canopy. While it's called a 3 mile loop, it's a trail network with many subloops so you can tailor you hike from 3 to 6 miles before you start retracing your steps. Note that the trailhead a are hard to find - the better one is on Berger Road and will be on the left hand side shortly after turning onto it from Mitchell.

4 months ago

Very easy trail to hike with some great scenery and a couple nice benches for breaks by the river! Would recommend for a quick evening hike after work!

1 year ago

I had a few extra hours so I headed up to McCune for the first time. I was blown away! The trail is beautiful- amazingly peaceful. Creek sounds were great and you could barely hear any highway. The drive in was very scenic as well. They have nice benches by the creek and the hike isn't long- perfect for kids and nature study. Recommended!

trail running
2 years ago

several different loops. Nice trail to run or have a quite hike. Dogs loved area and creek was very relaxing. Not at all difficult for anyone.