Arcadia's Nature Preserves offer visitors access to a rare natural community found only in Great Lakes coastal areas. These areas are some of the most productive ecosystems in the world, and Arcadia Marsh is one of the remaining coastal marshes along Lake Michigan’s Lower Peninsula shoreline. These areas offer excellent, fishing, bird watching, and kayaking opportunities. From early morning sunrises to stunning fall foliage, any time is a great time to venture out to a natural preserve to enjoy this unique scenic landscape.
EXPLORE THE NATURE PRESERVE & SURROUNDING AREA
ARCADIA DUNES - CS MOTT NATURE PRESERVE: Arcadia Dunes, GTRLC’s largest preserve, includes over 15 miles of trail to explore the dunes, forests and many other landscapes encompassed in this beautiful preserve. Adjacent working farms have also been permanently protected which insure the longevity of this area’s rich agricultural heritage and add to the landscape tapestry. This incredibly diverse preserve provides a wide range of recreation opportunities and experiences from wandering to birding to mountain biking.
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Arcadia Marsh Nature Preserve
Arcadia Marsh Nature Preserve offers visitors access to a rare natural community found only in Great Lakes coastal areas. These marshes are some of the most productive ecosystems in the world, and Arcadia Marsh is one of the remaining coastal marshes along Lake Michigan’s Lower Peninsula shoreline. Hikers will enjoy this unique spot where rare wildlife and foliage is abundant. The Marsh Preserve offers excellent, fishing, bird watching, and kayaking opportunities.
For more information on the Arcadia Marsh Nature Preserve click the following link: http://www.gtrlc.org/land-stewardship-project/arcadia-marsh-restoration/
Green Point Dunes Nature Preserve
This preserve offers nearly three miles of trail winding through forest and meadow to stunning views of Lake Michigan and a beach of unparalleled beauty. The Green Point Reserve is approximately 8 miles north of Arcadia but is worth noting when planning your visit to the area because of the unique Lake Michigan beach experience. It is not often that you will find a secluded expanse of Lake Michigan beach matching the beauty of the beach at Green Point. It is a moderately challenging hike, but is well worth the effort.