If you haven’t hiked through the Pyatt Lake Nature Preserve lately, get over there, because it’s absolutely gorgeous right now. My daughter and I just walked it, and I kept thinking, why am I not here every day? It’s literally three minutes from where I live.
Owned and operated by the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy, the Pyatt Lake property is one of only three properties in northern Michigan classified as a “Wooded Dune and Swale” habitat complex, a result of Pyatt Lake’s ancient history and proximity to Grand Traverse Bay. Thousands of years ago, these “glacial tracks” were sand dunes bordering a much larger body of water.
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Also, more than 250 plant species have been identified, including orchids and trillium, making it one of the most botanically diverse properties in Grand Traverse County. Read more here.
To get there, go to Bowers Harbor and head down Neahtawanta Road. On the right, you’ll see the turnoff to Pyatt Road. Just follow that back to the trailhead.
I promise, you’ll feel like you stepped into a fairy tale.