Allan and Virginia McCune Nature Preserve
Size: 168 acres
Frontage: 3,400 feet on Minnehaha Creek
Land Description: Dominated by hardwood forest, the property includes red pine plantations, meadow, creek, and a cedar swamp.
Trails: Two parking areas are available. A trail system offers roughly 3½ miles to explore.
History: This beautiful property was donated to the Little Traverse Conservancy in 1984 by Allan and Virginia McCune of Petoskey. The spring-fed Minnehaha Creek, which provides fish and wildlife habitat, flows through the preserve on its way to Crooked Lake. The trails were dedicated to Allan Purchis whose family homesteaded the land. An addition to the preserve was donated by the Purchis family in 2017. A replacement footbridge was constructed in 1997 across the east branch of the creek with funds from the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation in memory of Ellen Pray Bondy. A second footbridge and parking area were constructed in 2015 with another community foundation grant and significant volunteer support from the Petoskey Home Builder’s Association and in memory of Sandy Wagar.
Directions: From Petoskey, take Mitchell Road east 6.25 miles to Berger Road Turn right and go .7 mile to parking on left. Eastern parking is found off of Maxwell Road, the next road east of Berger, about .7 mile down when you turn off of Mitchell.