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Arcadia is surrounded by abundant opportunities for trail exploration. The Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy has groomed trails for both hiking and trail running at numerous locations in and around Arcadia. During all four seasons there are beautiful trails to discover. From spring when forest floors blanketed with trillium to winter when snow covered trails offer new places to explore on snow shoes or cross-country skis. Both experienced hikers and those who just want to take a walk in the woods will find well-marked trails to fulfill their desires.

Arcadia Dunes Nature Preserve: Arcadia is home to the C.S. Mott Nature Preserve (3600 acres) which is part of the Grand Traverse Land Conservancy. The C.S. Mott Nature Preserve offers 15 miles of trails to enjoy hiking, biking, trail running, bird watching, and more. A short distance from the Old Baldy Parking Area, a well-marked trail leads you to stunning views of the picturesque Arcadia Dunes. Stand at the crest of the dunes and marvel at the undisturbed land and expansive views of Lake Michigan.

The Arcadia Dunes trail system has three loops of trails just north of town on either side of M-22, including one that is approximately ten miles in total length. These trails are very popular with hikers, runners, and nature enthusiasts.



10 mile loop (Dry Hill Trail)
1.5 mile loop (Pete's Woods)
2 mile loop (Chestnut Trail)
1.7 mile direct trail to "Old Baldy" sand dune & 0.7 mile direct "short" trail to dune

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