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“Really enjoyed our hike!”

Grand Traverse Natural Education Reserve
Ranked #60 of 115 things to do in Traverse City
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Owner description: This reserve, famous for its diversity of plant and animal species, offers guided hikes with various educational themes.
Reviewed 22 May 2014 via mobile

We took our dog and we all had a great time! The path is skinny but never muddy due to all of the wooden planks and bridges along the way. We saw SO MUCH wildlife! Had a great time! (We only did 7-14)

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Reviewed 20 May 2014

We went on a Sunday and the place was closed but the hiking trails are great. They go along the Boardman River, some trail, some boardwalk over swamps. Beware, there are lots of stairs!
Bird life is abundant, and the secrecy truly beautiful. The state is going to replace one of the dams on the Boardman, and because of this has lowered the water level. However, this does not really detract from anything except fishing.
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1  Thank zabriskibound
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Reviewed 16 May 2014

The Grand Traverse Natural Education Reserve provides 6 hiking & xc-ski trails totaling 7 miles to explore more than 500-acres of pristine natural areas along The Boardman River. There are several trail-head parking areas along Cass & Keystone Roads.

The Boardman River Nature Center (http://natureiscalling.org/explore/nature-center) is located within the preserve on Cass Rd (less than 5 miles from downtown!) and offers numerous educational opportunities for young & old. Free admission, open Tues-Fri, 10 AM - 4 PM (and some Saturdays)

These are some of the prettiest river trails & offer excellent opportunities for viewing wildlife. Some trails have stairs, but others are wheelchair accessible. There are numerous viewing platforms, wooden boardwalks & bridges along several of the Boardman River's tributaries.

There are also some good swimming holes for cooling off on hot days (Oleson Bridge trailhead on Keystone Rd is a favorite for locals). Leashed dogs are welcome. No bikes on trails.

More info & trail maps available here:
http://natureiscalling.org/parkland/grand-traverse-natural-education-reserve/

3  Thank Boho-Mamo
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Reviewed 4 April 2014

We signed up for a spring break peepers class online and had a great visit. My 5 year old had fun singing, crafting, hiking and learning about nature. The older boys did a scavenger hunt and we were all educated and entertaining. The facility is beautiful. The workers were all gracious and cheerful. A great find!

2  Thank HooplaDayton
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

There are several trails which wind through the Reserve, and all of them have their own appeal. We traversed almost every trail, and we found the terrain to be inspiring and wonderful. It was easy going for two relatively in-shape twenty-somethings, and even the trails which weren't marked as "easy" were rather easy. I would recommend starting out from the main building's trail head and exploring from there.

2  Thank Freemajo
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