Raven Ridge Nature Preserve
Size: 140 acres
Land Description: A mix of open fields and wooded ridges. The property includes an old homestead site which is available for student archaeological studies.
Trails: A rustic parking area off of a dirt road is located at the trailhead. Trails total more than 1½ miles and are quite hilly. One trail takes you to an overlook platform providing views of the valley beneath. Another trail connects the preserve trails with the Raven Hill Discovery Center which lies adjacent to the preserve.
History: The Raven Ridge property was purchased in 2001 as a result of joint fundraising efforts by the Conservancy and the people of Raven Hill Discovery Center. The Discovery Center property provides unique environmental education opportunities on more than 300 acres of land. In addition, science, history, and art classes are offered throughout the year. Visit www.ravenhilldiscoverycenter.com to find the full schedule of activities happening next to this preserve.
Directions: From Boyne Falls., turn west (right) at the blinker light in Boyne Falls and go .8 miles along M-75. Turn left onto C-48 (Deer Lake Road). Follow to stop sign and turn left toward East Jordan (still on C-48). Go 4 miles and turn left on Pearsall Road. Within 50 feet, turn left on Fuller Rd. Go up the big hill past Raven Hill Discovery Center until you reach a “T.” Turn left on Rogers Road and the parking area is on the right. In winter, park at Raven Hill and use their trails to access preserve.