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Thorne Swift Nature Preserve

#3 of 21 things to do in Harbor Springs Features Animals
6696 Lower Shore Dr, Harbor Springs, MI 49740-8914
+1 231-526-6401
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Worth a visit

We drove out here to use the beach. The beach was rather rocky and not what we expected, but we... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Columbus OH
Beautiful spot

Great little hidden gem along the Tunnel of Trees! Short walk to the shore & an observation deck... read more

Reviewed 11 October 2016
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“lake michigan” (10 reviews)
“sand dunes” (2 reviews)
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6696 Lower Shore Dr, Harbor Springs, MI 49740-8914
+1 231-526-6401
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We drove out here to use the beach. The beach was rather rocky and not what we expected, but we enjoyed the small nature center, and the trails down to the beach. At $5 a car, it was worth it.

Thank ohiowanderer
Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

Great little hidden gem along the Tunnel of Trees! Short walk to the shore & an observation deck. Pretty view of Lake MI/Little Traverse Bay

Thank Lorelei0718
Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

This is a nice stop along the tunnel of trees. It is $5 per car unless you live in the township. There is a nice indoor area with plenty of learning opportunities. The trails are well maintained and you get some great views of Lake...More

Thank Gregory T
Reviewed 28 September 2016

We visited as part of a group of 10 lawyers and their spouses (I was a spouse) on a firm retreat. While 30 acres is quite small (we live next to a 130 acre preserve in TROY, MI) the winding pathways with many boardwalks inch...More

Thank Steven S
Reviewed 25 September 2016

Just a few minutes north of Harbor Springs you will find this little jewel of a park. Nicely maintained, and with the staff living on the site, this is an easy boardwalk through the habitat out to Little Traverse Bay. Kids are welcomed and encouraged,...More

Thank Michael R
Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

We decided to try out the nature preserve and we are so glad we did! Beautiful trails that led to a beautiful sandy beach! The nature center was fun and I especially loved all of the monarch information. One of our kids got stung by...More

Thank Tracy w
Reviewed 11 August 2016

Narrow, winding pathways make for a very pleasant, fun walk in the woods. The beach is nearly empty and of course beautiful, and we got to see a few frogs. If you're looking for a learning experience for children (or adults), the center has great...More

Thank Katie K
Reviewed 27 July 2016

What a relaxing experience. Before we walked the path we went to little museum which was small but interesting. We walked to the lake and sat at the shore then to the look out it was just beautiful. Many trees were labeled which I enjoyed....More

Thank Michele C
Reviewed 14 July 2016

Take a walk through this wonderful Preserve. Information for those who want to learn and beauty for all! The walk is short and very pleasant. Bring a camera. Relax looking out at Lake Michigan. Very well run and very informative staff. Please support their efforts.

Thank P M
Reviewed 5 July 2016

Such a beautiful and tranquil setting. Boardwalk a bit narrow and sharply angled for motorized chairs, but plenty to do there anyway. We sat in the gazebo and watched Sasha come munch on goat chow while keeping a wary eye on us. Though the day...More

Thank Mary C
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