Elizabeth B. Hoffmann / Diane and Richard DeNardis Family Nature Preserve Complex

All dogs must be on a leash!

And please clean up after your pooches while using the trails.

Size

149 acres (Hoffmann); 63 acres (DeNardis)

Frontage

2,500 feet along Inwood Creek 1,364 feet along US-31.

Land Description

Set amidst the scenic agricultural woods and fields of Norwood Township in the historic Inwood community, this beautiful preserve complex includes Lake Michigan views. Glacial erratics can be found on these lands, remnants from the era left behind the rolling hills (drumlins) and fields that characterize this region. The preserve holds tremendous conservation value, offering various habitats for birds and wildlife that include mixed hardwood forest, rolling meadows, lowland conifers, and active agricultural fields. The property also contains sensitive riparian wetlands along Inwood Creek, a tributary to Lake Michigan. Art galleries and farm stands abound. This is a region rich in resources and rich in the human spirit.

Trail Description

A nearly three-mile trail loop winds through old orchards, farm fields, alongside Inwood Creek, through woods, and atop a hill offering Lake Michigan views. Conveniently located off of US-31, the preserve is also found next door to the Bier’s Inwood Brewery and Art Gallery making it an extra fun destination.

History

In 2017, Betty Hoffmann donated 138 acres to become the Elizabeth B. Hoffmann Nature Preserve. In 2019, she contributed an additional 5 acres to this preserve, and donated another 5 acres in 2021. The Diane and Richard DeNardis Family Nature Preserve was donated in 2018.

Directions

From the light at the intersection of M-66 and US-31 at the south end of Charlevoix, travel 5.5 miles and take a left on Vratanina Road for one parking area. Another parking area is directly off of US-31 just north of the gallery.