Protecting the natural and scenic character of northern Michigan.
Thorne Swift Nature Preserve 2018-06-08T10:33:22+00:00

Thorne Swift Nature Preserve


Size: 30 acres

Frontage: 950 feet along Lake Michigan with 300 feet as a public beach

Land Description: A mix of upland dunes and lowland cedar swamp along with Great Lakes shoreline.

Trails & Facilities: A large parking lot lies adjacent to the Elizabeth Kennedy Nature Center, a beautiful building of nature displays. A total of 1½ miles of trail, dune observation platform, pond observation platform, gazebo, amphitheatre, and seasonal guided programs all make this an excellent family destination.

In 1981, Elizabeth Kennedy donated the Thorne Swift property to Little Traverse Conservancy. The Conservancy leases the property to West Traverse Township as a nature park. Parking fee is $5 for non-township residents (no charge for Conservancy members). Season pass available for $15. Call 231.526.6401 for current programs or information.

Please note that pets and horseback riding are NOT allowed at Thorne Swift Nature Preserve.

Trail Hours
April 15-November 15 – Daily 10 am to sunset

Nature Center Hours
Memorial-Labor Day – 10am-7pm
Labor Day-October 23 – Weekends Only

Directions: 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.

Printable Trail Map