stanhope family Nature preserve

All dogs must be on a leash!

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

Size

13 acres

Frontage

200 feet on Lake Michigan/Gull Harbor

Land Description

Mixed upland hardwood forest. The property lies adjacent to township property along Gull Harbor Road and parallels the shore. A section of road east of the preserve parking is currently flooded (2022).

Trail Description

Unless water levels prevent it, parking is available near the preserve sign and you will see the trail entrance here as well. This trail connects to other trails that travel through this portion of the island.

History

The purchase of this land was funded by Ray and Ann Stanhope in 2020. “A primary part of our motivation was to ensure that people could still easily hike through the Limestone Ridge Trail where it comes through there,” Ray said.

Directions

Directions: From the Beaver Island ferry dock, head northeast around the harbor on Main Street/Michigan Avenue for one mile and turn left on Gull Harbor Drive. Travel .3 miles to the preserve parking and entrance.