Barbara C. Hoffius Nature Preserve

All dogs must be on a leash!

And please clean up after your pooches while using the trails.

Size

599 acres

Frontage

2,000 feet along Lake Huron and US-23.

Land Description

The preserve includes 2,000 feet along Lake Huron and lies along US-23 between Cheboygan and Mackinaw City. The majority of it is wooded uplands and occasional wetlands. Bluff to water is steep.

Trail Description

A short (less than half a mile) trail takes you from the parking area down to the Lake Huron shore. The paved North Central State Trail cuts through this preserve as it parallels US-23.

History

The majority of this preserve was donated in 2016 by Dirk Hoffius and is named after his mother. A small but significant shoreline addition was purchased in 2017, with an additional 226 acres purchased in 2019.

Directions

From the intersection of US-27 and US-23 in Cheboygan, head northeast on US-23 for 7.3 miles and look for the preserve sign on the right. The preserve can also be found from Mackinaw City, just under 8 miles southeast of town along US-23.

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.