NOTE: Dogs and horses are not allowed at this nature preserve.
950 feet along Lake Michigan with 300 feet as a public beach.
A mix of upland dunes and lowland cedar swamp, a small pond, and Great Lakes shoreline.
Trail + Facilities Description
A large parking lot lies adjacent to the Elizabeth Kennedy Nature Center. A total of 1½ miles of trail, dune observation platform, pond observation platform, pavilion, amphitheater, and seasonal guided programs all make this an excellent family destination.
Thorne Swift is open daily from 10:00AM to sunset from typically April 15 through to November 15.
Nature Center is open Memorial Day through to Labor Day from 10:00AM - 7:00PM. The parking fee is $5 for non-township residents (no charge for Conservancy members), and a season pass is available for $15.
In 1981, Elizabeth Kennedy donated the Thorne Swift property to Little Traverse Conservancy. The Conservancy leases the property to West Traverse Township.
From Harbor Springs, take M-119 northwest 3.8 miles to Lower Shore Drive. Follow Lower Shore Drive for ½ mile. The preserve sign is on the left.