Round Lake Nature Preserve
Size: 58 Acres
Frontage: 2,500 feet Round Lake
Land Description: Vegetation includes mixed hardwoods and conifer forest, lowland cedar swamp, and marshlands along the lake.
Trails: Parking is next to the Conservancy office. Easy trails cover almost one mile and include a lake overlook.
History: Land that is now the Round Lake Preserve was once used by Native Americans as part of the Inland Water Route. This waterway travels 40 miles through several lakes and streams, eventually emptying into Lake Huron in Cheboygan. The original 40-acre preserve was donated to the Little Traverse Conservancy by the Wrigley Offield Family in 1980 with additional acreage purchased in 1984-86 by the people of L’Arbre Croche. This preserve is often used by school groups for environmental education programs. New boardwalk, signs, and an overlook platform were completed in 2017 with a grant from the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation.
Directions: From US-31 in Petoskey, take M-119 about 1½ miles north to Powell Road. Turn right on Powell and take the first driveway on the right, which is the entrance to the Little Traverse Conservancy office. The trailhead is directly off of the parking lot.