Horton Creek Nature Preserve complex

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325 acres


2.7 miles of Horton Creek frontage.

Land Description

Nearly three miles of trails wind through mature hardwood forests, and young pin cherry stands, primarily at the Schulz Working Forest Reserve and the Taylor Horton Creek Preserve. Hemlock and yellow birch grow along the edge of the creek. Recent logging activities (2017) have occurred at Schulz. A small trail on the Rufus Teesdale Preserve takes you to the river (Teesdale is located southeast of the area shown on the map, and a parking area is found off of Boyne City-Charlevoix Road.)


Ernest Hemingway loved to fish for trout on Horton Creek. He refers to it in several stories and memoirs, and it appears to be the model for the creek mentioned in the Nick Adams stories “Summer People” and “The Last Good Country.”


Taylor Horton Creek Nature Preserve Trailhead:
ADDRESS: 7549 Pincherry Road, Boyne City, MI 49712

Schulz Working Forest Reserve Trailhead:
ADDRESS: 7030 Pincherry Road, Boyne City, MI 49712

From Charlevoix, take US 31 northeast 2 miles and turn right on Boyne City-Charlevoix Road. Go 8.6 miles, and turn left on Pincherry Rd. Go north 1.6 miles, and the rustic parking area for the Schulz trailhead is on the right. Go another 0.5 miles north and the rustic parking area for the Taylor Horton Creek trailhead is also on the right.

From Boyne City, take Boyne City-Charlevoix Road 7 miles west and turn right on Pincherry Rd. Follow the rest of the directions above.

Printable Trail Map

Check out the plants and animals found at this preserve using the iNaturalist guide below. Help us document more with iNaturalist.org and eBird.org.


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