Offield Family Working Forest Reserve

Size: 390 acres

Land Description: Just a few miles from downtown Harbor Springs, this preserve has become a favorite community destination for hiking, dog walking (on leash), or nature classes. A mix of open meadows and forested hilly woods are found. Seasonal ponds known as “vernal pools” are especially common in spring and fall and are studied by local students.

Trails: Nearly four miles of trails and old two-tracks roam the hills and fields of this preserve. Maps are found at the many intersections.

History: Purchased in 2009 in large part with a grant from the Offield Family Foundation. It has long been sustainably forested on a periodic basis (2017-18 most recently).

Directions: From downtown Petoskey, head north on US-31 2.6 miles to M-119. Turn left and follow M-119 3.2 miles to Pleasantview Road. Continue north on Pleasantview Road 1½ miles to Quick Road and turn left. Look for parking area ½ mile down Quick Road on the left.

The Offield Preserve is a working forest reserve. It is enrolled in the Commercial Forest Program, meaning that the land has and/or will be actively managed for timber production. CFP designation also requires that the land be open to the public for hunting.

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!