NOTE: Because of nesting birds, dogs and horses are not allowed at this nature preserve.
1¼ miles along the Pigeon River.
Waldron Fen consists of a unique and sensitive wetland-fen complex, native grasslands, and associated forests. This preserve offers unique and exceptional wildlife habitat for at least 116 resident and migratory bird species and wildlife such as deer, beaver, red fox, coyote, otter, mink, and more. Many avid birders and naturalists visit each year to watch resident and migrating birds— scenic views for travelers along Banwell, Haines, and Miller roads.
Nearly two miles of the trail take you along two small ponds and a sizeable wetland-fen complex. The trail loop takes visitors around the primary wetlands offering birding opportunities and an easy walk through diverse habitats. A covered picnic table is available near the parking area. In 2016, the overlook platform was rebuilt with help from numerous volunteers and Petoskey Area Audubon.
First protected with a conservation easement in 2001, it was wholly donated by Nancy and Jack Waldron to Little Traverse Conservancy in 2014.
From Petoskey, head north on US-31 to Pickerel Lake Road. Follow it for 9.5 miles to Banwell Road and turn left. Continue on Banwell 3.25 miles to the entrance on the right. From Alanson, head east on M-68 to Banwell Road. Turn right. Continue on Banwell 3.3 miles to the opening on the left.