The Hill Nature Preserve
Size: 106 acres
Land Description: A mix of pines, hardwoods. and open meadows Apple trees are remnants of an old farmstead. Views of Lake Charlevoix are found at the highest points of the land. Part of the preserve is found within Boyne City limits.
Trail: Two miles of trails include old two-track roads as well as single tracks and are groomed for cross-country skiing by a volunteer.
History: 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 LTC as a nature preserve. In 2012, Al Haske donated a 10-acre addition to provide better parking for the preserve.
Directions: From Boyne City at the intersection of Lake and Water Street, go north on Lake for one mile. Lake Street turns into W. Michigan. Go .1 mile 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 .7 mile to parking area on your right.