Elizabeth B. Hoffmann / Diane and Richard DeNardis Family Nature Preserve Complex

All dogs must be on a leash!

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


212 acres


2,500 feet along Inwood Creek 1,364 feet along US-31.

Land Description

Set amidst the scenic agricultural woods and fields of Norwood Township in the historic Inwood community, this beautiful preserve complex includes Lake Michigan views. Glacial erratics can be found on these lands, remnants from the era left behind the rolling hills (drumlins) and fields that characterize this region. The preserve holds tremendous conservation value, offering various habitats for birds and wildlife that include mixed hardwood forest, rolling meadows, lowland conifers, and active agricultural fields. The property also contains sensitive riparian wetlands along Inwood Creek, a tributary to Lake Michigan. Art galleries and farm stands abound. This is a region rich in resources and rich in the human spirit.

Trail Description

Just over 1.5-mile trail system on the Hoffmann Preserve only. This trail offers some hills, traverses through a mix of apple orchards, woods, and farm fields, and follows a beautiful Inwood Creek section.


In 2017, Betty Hoffmann donated 138 acres to become the Elizabeth B. Hoffmann Nature Preserve. In late 2019, she contributed an additional 5 acres to this preserve, and donated another 5 acres in 2021. Thehe Diane and Richard DeNardis Family Nature Preserve was donated by Richard and Diane DeNardis in 2018.


From the light at the intersection of M-66 and US-31 at the south end of Charlevoix, travel 5.5 miles and take a left on Vratanina Road for one parking area. Another parking area is directly off of US-31 just north of the gallery.