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.