Upland areas include a mix of rolling hardwoods and upland pine. The river corridor is primarily a mix of lowland conifers and northern white cedar. Several ridgelines exist along the river and provide exceptional views.
A short spur leads to the Maple River shoreline. Unmaintained social trails meander along the river and old two tracks loop through the property.
A .26-acre popular river access point to the Maple River frequently used by anglers and kayakers was donated by John and Joan Hutto in 2021. Now known as the Joan and John Hutto Nature Preserve. In addition, a 40-acre property directly adjacent to the Joan and John Hutto Nature Preserve, lies the Uh-ni-nah-tig ziibing Nature Preserve. This preserve was made possible by funding from the J.A. Woollam Foundation and named after the Maple River in the Anishnaabe language. Upon consultation with Eric Hemenway, a tribal historian from the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians, the name Uh-ni-nah-tig ziibing was selected. It translates to Maple Tree River.
From Petoskey, head north on US-31. Turn right on Maple River Road, approximately 3 miles south of Pellston. In .5 miles, take a left on Pine Trail Road and the property is at the end of the road.