The Hill Nature Preserve

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119 acres

Land Description

A mix of pines, hardwoods, and open meadows Apple trees are remnants of an old plantation. Views of Lake Charlevoix are found at the highest points of the land. Part of the preserve is found within Boyne City limits.

Trail Description

A 2.5 miles of trail system includes old two-track roads and single tracks and are groomed for cross-country skiing by a volunteer.


In 1966, Dr. Gene Herzog, Dr. John Herzog, and Dr. Lou Mrstik purchased this property for their families to have an “up north” destination. It was used for family gatherings and enjoyment for several decades. In 1996, the families donated a conservation easement to protect it from future development, and in 2011, the land was donated to Little Traverse Conservancy as a nature preserve. In 2012, Al Haske donated a 10-acre addition to providing better parking for the preserve.


ADDRESS: 1820 West Clute Road, Boyne City, MI 49712
From Boyne City at Lake and Water Street's intersection, go north on Lake Street for one mile. Lake Street turns into W. Michigan. Go 0.1 miles on W. Michigan and turn right on Charlevoix Street. Go 1.6 miles north on Charlevoix Street to Clute Road. Turn right onto Clute Road. Go 0.7 miles to the parking area on your right.

Printable Trail Map

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