Nature Watching

An outdoor classroom on the shores of Lake Michigan. The Leelanau Outdoor Center is a non-profit organization hosting day overnight programs for school groups, girls scouts, boy scouts, corporate retreats, sports teams and more!
Sites offered in Traverse City, Acme, Fife Lake, Interlochen and Kingsley
A well-visited kayak and canoe launch for all ability water sport enthusiasts!
The Boardman Valley Nature Preserve follows the Boardman River south from South Airport Road to the Grand Traverse Nature Reserve.
Natural area with self-guided nature trail
The Commons Natural Area is a beautiful 140-acre resource near the heart of Traverse City. Miles of hiking trails wander up, down, and around woodlands, streams, meadows, and wetlands.
A large natural area just west of downtown Traverse City with miles of nonmotorized trails.
Kid's Creek Park is a hidden gem of natural area tucked into the hustle and bustle of Traverse City's commercial corridor.
Traverse City's Best Kept Secret!
Take a break from the hussle and visit Medalie Park
The Miller Creek Nature Reserve is a 88-acre park right behind the Grand Traverse Crossings Mall.
An unforgettable experience for all outdoors enthusiasts to enjoy!
This wonderful park sits right on Arbutus Lake. Come and enjoy the day with your family.
Beautiful little Park on East Grand Traverse Bay.
There are lots of fun things to do in this park year round.
Downhill and cross country ski area, disc golf course and hiking trails.
One of the most unique park settings anywhere!
Horseshoe pits for public use
Park with boat launch on Boardman Lake, picnic facilities and connections to the TART trail and the East Boardman Lake Trail
Come use the boat launch and enjoy Chandler Lake.
Lovely place for a picnic, nature walk, and other family activities.
Public Shuffleboard Courts
Pines Park is an 80 acres parcel located off Eikey Rd. Pines Park
The 15.5 mile Leelanau Trail is a non-motorized pathway connecting Traverse City to Suttons Bay.

This website is managed by a partnership of community organizations.

For more information, contact
Grand Traverse County Parks & Recreation
231-922-4818
or use our Contact Us page.

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