Skyline Trail

City of Petoskey (Assist Project)

Size: 65 acres

Land Description: From atop this hill are sweeping views of Little Traverse Bay and the Bear River Valley. This property lies adjacent to more than 865 acres of City of Petoskey land, land owned by the county and the state, and land connected through privately-granted trail easements. At an elevation of more than 1,200 feet, the views are dramatic.

Trails: Skyline Trail is part of the North Country Trail (NCT) system, so the hiking is endless ( This section, maintained by the Tittabawassee chapter of the NCT, is hilly and difficult with two switchbacks.

History: In 2008, the Conservancy helped the City of Petoskey acquire this parcel and construct an overlook platform offering spectacular views of the Petoskey region. The land was a logical location for diverting a portion of the North Country Trail away from Krause Road.

Directions: From Petoskey head east on Mitchell Street 1.7 miles to Division Road. Turn right on Division and go .8 miles to Atkins Road and turn left on Atkins. Go ½ mile to Cedar Valley Road. Take a right and go ½ mile to Greenwood Road. Follow Greenwood around curve 1½ miles to four way intersection. Continue south onto Brubaker Road 1 mile to Krause Road. Right on Krause and go 1 mile. Look for sign and parking on the right at the radio towers.

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