Consuelo Diane and Charles L. Wilson Jr. Working Forest Reserve

All dogs must be on a leash!

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

Size

248 acres

Land Description

As the crow flies, this reserve is less than three miles from Lake Michigan. More than half of it is wooded, with the remainder in open fields transition to the sloped, wooded ridgeline. Old logging trails meander throughout the woods, and a small pond is found in the northeast section.

Trail Description

Roughly 2.5 miles of trail are available in total. Parking is available off of Middle Road.

History

Located just a few miles outside of Harbor Springs, this land is most known for its undeveloped, scenic sloped hillside, viewed from Middle Road and Hughston Road. The previous owners of this property had initially purchased it with the hope of keeping it natural. The lead pledge for this parcel's purchase came from the Henry E. and Consuelo S. Wenger Foundation and was coupled with a timely challenge grant from The Carls Foundation. The Birchwood Farms community stepped up and helped finish the fundraising.

Directions

From Lake Street and State Road's intersection just north of downtown Harbor Springs, travel 2 miles north on State to Middle Road. Take a left on Middle Road and travel roughly 2.8 miles. Look for the preserve sign and parking area on the left.

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.