Goodhart Farms Nature Preserve
Size: 685 acres
Land Description: The Goodhart Farms property is a mix of meadows, hay fields, and maple, beech, and ash forest. Old orchards and pine plantations are found on the property, and the rolling scenic fields offer views of Lake Michigan.
Trails: Three parking areas are available offering access to 6½ miles of marked trails (3½ miles are groomed in winter) that are ideal for hiking, horseback riding, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing. Note: The Lone Rock Road parking is best suited for horse trailers and was designed with those in mind.
History: In 1994, Ed and Maureen Mayne purchased the farm from the estate of John Hannah, former president of Michigan State University. Hannah had been purchasing and piecing together smaller farms since the 1950s, using the land for his own cattle herd and for agricultural research through the University. Upon their purchase, the Maynes raised premium, high quality hay sent to the southern states for race horses. In late 2002, Ed and Maureen donated the Goodhart Farms land and associated buildings and equipment to Little Traverse Conservancy, with the buildings and equipment later sold. It was the single largest donation ever given to the organization at that time.
Directions: From Harbor Springs, take State Road north 9 miles to Robinson Road. Turn left (west) on Robinson and travel 3½ miles to the beginning of the preserve at the Robinson Road intersection. Parking is available along Robinson, Lone Rock, and Church Roads.
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