NOTE: Dogs and horses are not allowed at this nature preserve.
950 feet along Lake Michigan with 300 feet as a public beach.
A mix of upland dunes and lowland cedar swamp, a small pond, and Great Lakes shoreline.
Trail + Facilities Description
A large parking lot lies adjacent to the Elizabeth Kennedy Nature Center. A total of 1½ miles of trail, dune observation platform, pond observation platform, pavilion, amphitheater, and seasonal guided programs all make this an excellent family destination.
Thorne Swift is open daily from 10:00AM to sunset from typically April 15 through to November 15.
Nature Center is open Memorial Day through to Labor Day from 10:00AM - 7:00PM. PARKING FEE IS WAIVED FOR 2021. Call 231.526.6401 for more information.
In 1981, Elizabeth Kennedy donated the Thorne Swift property to Little Traverse Conservancy. The Conservancy leases the property to West Traverse Township.
From Harbor Springs, take M-119 northwest 3.8 miles to Lower Shore Drive. Follow Lower Shore Drive for ½ mile. The preserve sign is on the left.