Fochtman Nature Preserve

Size: 243 acres

Frontage: More than ¼ mile along Round Lake and the preserve is bisected by more than a mile of the North Western State Trail.

Land Description: A mix of wetlands, uplands, and shoreline, this property offers a natural buffer in a highly developing region.

Trails: An old two-track road enters the property from the east along the US-31 parking area. The paved North Western State Trail is an excellent way to see the preserve. Check out the Round Lake overlook platform from the southern parking area.

History: The Fochtman Preserve was purchased at a significant bargain sale from the Fochtman family in 2001. The land was one of the largest blocks of undeveloped land remaining between Petoskey and Harbor Springs. Its purchase was made possible with funds raised for the Conservancy’s Harbor Springs Greenbelt Program.

Directions to Hiawatha Trail parking: From downtown Petoskey, drive north 2.6 miles on US-31 to M-119. Turn left on M-119 and go .8 mile and turn right on Hiawatha Trail. Travel approximately 1.2 miles and park on the left at the pull-off next to the historic marker and lake overlook platform.

Directions to US-31 (Conway) parking: From Petoskey, drive north on US-31 approximately 5.8 miles. A small rustic parking area is available on the left, across from the intersection of US-31 and Graham Road.

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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