Susan Creek Nature Preserve
Size: 314 acres
Frontage: Nearly a mile of frontage on Susan Creek and nearly a mile of frontage on US-31.
Trails: A small parking area and more than two miles of trails with Hoag Preserve.
Directions: Four miles east of Charlevoix city limits and 11 miles west of Petoskey’s intersection of US-31and US-131, the entrance to Susan Creek is .6 miles southwest of Big Rock Road (the entrance to the Big Rock Restoration Site). The preserve runs across from the Little Traverse Wheelway. A new parking area was created in 2016 with support from the Bay Harbor Foundation, Charlevoix County Community Foundation, Consumer’s Energy, and Matt Lester.
History: This preserve was a significant success story in the Conservancy’s protection of the US-31 scenic road corridor between Petoskey and Charlevoix. With three separate tracts totaling 314 acres, the preserve lies adjacent to an additional 55-acre preserve owned and managed by the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians. Funding came from a Michigan Department of Transportation grant, a grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, and private funds from the Frey Foundation, the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation, the Offield Foundation, and the Americana Foundation. Funding to develop the trails came from the James Buchanan Family as well as the Charlevoix County Community Foundation.
Land Description: Outstanding wildlife habitat provided by a mix of habitat types including wet meadows, black ash swamp, cedar thickets, ponds, and hardwoods.
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