Tanton Family Working Forest Reserve

All dogs must be on a leash!

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


236 acres

Land Description

Formerly known as Christmas Mountain, the high point of this reserve — 1,300 feet — is just over 100 feet shy of the Nub's Nob ski resort's tallest point located a few miles to the northwest. From the top, views of Little Traverse Bay, Crooked Lake, and Pickerel Lake may be enjoyed when the trees have shed their leaves. The waters flowing through this land to the beautiful Minnehaha Creek down below eventually arrive in Crooked Lake, situated near the headwaters of the nearly 40-mile Inland Waterway that drains into Lake Huron in Cheboygan.

Trail Description

Nearly six miles combined, featuring three trail loops from Beginner to Expert. Trails are open for both biking and hiking, so users are asked to follow the direction recommended for the day you are visiting, as explained on signs.


From Petoskey, take Mitchell Road east approximately 7 miles. Turn south (right) onto Maxwell Road. Drive south just over ¼ mile, and the new parking area is on the left (east) side of Maxwell Road.

Photo credits: Latitude 45; Stacia Lynn

Mountain bikers in Harbor Springs and Petoskey were eagerly awaiting a great trail to ride just outside of town. Thanks to a partnership between the Conservancy and the Top of Michigan Mountain Bike Association (TOMMBA), the wait is over!

Rock Solid Trail Contracting (builders of the nationally-renowned Copper Harbor Trails) built and opened the trail in the summer of 2020.

Hundreds of Sponsors and Donors made this incredible trail possible. Thank you!