Goodhart Farms Nature Preserve

All dogs must be on a leash!

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

Size

695 acres

Land Description

The Goodhart Farms property is a mix of meadows, hayfields, maple, beech, and ash forest. Old orchards and pine plantations are found on the property, and the scenic rolling fields offer Lake Michigan views.

Trail Description

Three parking areas are available, offering access to 6½ miles of marked trails (3½ miles are groomed in winter) that are ideal for hiking, horseback riding, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing.

Note: The Lone Rock Road parking is best suited for horse trailers and was designed with those in mind.

History

In 1994, Ed and Maureen Mayne purchased the farm from the estate of John Hannah, former president of Michigan State University. Hannah had been buying and piecing together smaller farms since the 1950s, using the land for his own cattle herd and agricultural research through the University. Upon their purchase, the Maynes raised premium; high-quality hay was sent to the southern states for racehorses. In late 2002, Ed and Maureen donated the Goodhart Farms land and associated buildings and equipment to Little Traverse Conservancy, with the facilities and equipment later sold. It was the single largest donation ever given to the organization at that time.

Directions

From Harbor Springs, take State Road north 9 miles to Robinson Road. Turn left (west) on Robinson and travel 3½ miles to the parking area on the left. Parking is also available along Lone Rock and Church Roads.