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Thorne Swift Nature Preserve

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Address: 6696 Lower Shore Dr, Harbor Springs, MI 49740-8914
Phone Number:
+1 231-526-6401
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

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Beautiful spot

Great little hidden gem along the Tunnel of Trees! Short walk to the shore & an observation deck. Pretty view of Lake MI/Little Traverse Bay

Reviewed 11 October 2016
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

Great little hidden gem along the Tunnel of Trees! Short walk to the shore & an observation deck. Pretty view of Lake MI/Little Traverse Bay

Thank Lorelei0718
Trufant, Michigan, United States
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299 reviews
76 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

This is a nice stop along the tunnel of trees. It is $5 per car unless you live in the township. There is a nice indoor area with plenty of learning opportunities. The trails are well maintained and you get some great views of Lake Michigan. Well worth the time and the $5.

Thank Gregory T
TROY, MI, United States
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26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviewed 28 September 2016

We visited as part of a group of 10 lawyers and their spouses (I was a spouse) on a firm retreat. While 30 acres is quite small (we live next to a 130 acre preserve in TROY, MI) the winding pathways with many boardwalks inch down through various stands of timber (some stands of dying/dead ash trees - the work... More 

Thank Steven S
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17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2016

Just a few minutes north of Harbor Springs you will find this little jewel of a park. Nicely maintained, and with the staff living on the site, this is an easy boardwalk through the habitat out to Little Traverse Bay. Kids are welcomed and encouraged, and the views are some of the best on this side of the state. You... More 

Thank Michael R
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3 reviews
Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

We decided to try out the nature preserve and we are so glad we did! Beautiful trails that led to a beautiful sandy beach! The nature center was fun and I especially loved all of the monarch information. One of our kids got stung by a bee on the way back from the beach and the owner grabbed us a... More 

Thank Tracy w
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10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2016

Narrow, winding pathways make for a very pleasant, fun walk in the woods. The beach is nearly empty and of course beautiful, and we got to see a few frogs. If you're looking for a learning experience for children (or adults), the center has great displays in the building too.

Thank Katie K
Sylvania, Ohio
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28 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 July 2016

What a relaxing experience. Before we walked the path we went to little museum which was small but interesting. We walked to the lake and sat at the shore then to the look out it was just beautiful. Many trees were labeled which I enjoyed. My favorite part though was the babbling stream, loved it!

Thank Michele C
Harbor Springs, Michigan
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160 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 July 2016

Take a walk through this wonderful Preserve. Information for those who want to learn and beauty for all! The walk is short and very pleasant. Bring a camera. Relax looking out at Lake Michigan. Very well run and very informative staff. Please support their efforts.

Thank P M
Traverse City, Michigan, United States
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 July 2016

Such a beautiful and tranquil setting. Boardwalk a bit narrow and sharply angled for motorized chairs, but plenty to do there anyway. We sat in the gazebo and watched Sasha come munch on goat chow while keeping a wary eye on us. Though the day was warm, we were kept cool by the beautiful forest and the slight breeze. We'll... More 

Thank Mary C
Okemos, Michigan
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87 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 June 2016

We had to take a 15-20 minute detour to get to the preserve (the road was closed) but it was worth it. A helpful guide gave us a few options for hiking and highlighted what we shouldn't miss. The trail was well maintained and a very easy hike with our children. We really enjoyed the small beach area and seeing... More 

Thank Val L

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