McCune Nature Preserve Trail

MODERATE 27 reviews

McCune Nature Preserve Trail is a 4.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Petoskey, Michigan that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
180 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

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.

trail running
1 month ago

nice trail, perfect for a light trail run.

hiking
2 months ago

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2 months ago

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3 months ago

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4 months ago

This was a great trail! Both woods and prairie with a nice, sandy river running through. Easy terrain with exception of one steeper hill down to river, which could be avoided. One of the best marked trails I've ever hiked. Trail is well cared for. Not too buggy, but may want to bring bug spray in case. Not too sunny, but some parts are in direct sunlight. Not too muddy, but we did go during a drier time. No spectacular view or anything but very typical Michigan woodsy scenery. The three mile hike was just right.

hiking
4 months ago

Short loop trail with nice scenery. Not sure how it got labeled 'moderate' difficulty, this is a very VERY easy hike. Trials are well labeled. Wouldn't go out of my way for this trail as it is neither long nor challenging but would visit it if nearby.

4 months ago

Awesome Nature Preserve with easy terrain. Very well mapped out.

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4 months ago

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5 months ago

mountain biking
6 months ago

Nice trail. Good flow. Easy-moderate mountain bike ride.

hiking
6 months ago

7 months ago

Good. Well marked. Nice walk.

hiking
Sunday, November 06, 2016

hiking
Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Wow! From the autumn smells to the crunching sounds beneath my feat. My senses were tingling. What an awesome trail to hike. I would highly recommend this to anyone.

For winter goers: Parking has changed to a different location. You must park at Berger road.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

hiking
Friday, September 30, 2016

Beautiful trail. Varied terrain.

hiking
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

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.