Arcadia Dunes: The C.S. Mott Preserve

This trail is good for Hiking Biking

  • Length: 12.99 mi
  • Surface: Natural
  • Bike Type: Mountain
  • Organization: Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy
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There are many miles of trail to explore throughout the 3,000-acre Arcadia Dunes preserve. The variety of trail systems and landscapes found here provide visitors with the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of experiences and recreational activities.

Walk through forest and meadow, and up to the perched dunes where you will see the "Old Baldy" dune blowout. Stop and enjoy the many spectacular views of Lake Michigan from high up on the bluff. See a variety of dune plants, including some rare and endemic species. The fields and forests here are also great for wildflower viewing as well as birding. Although a multi-use trail system, the Baldy trails are used mostly for hiking.

The Dryhill Trails are known especially for mountain biking. The single-track winds for miles on curvy, rolling terrain; mostly in the woods, with a few of the flatter sections passing through open meadow and skirting farmland. The Camp Trail covers much flatter ground, making for a gentle hike or a beginner mountain bike ride. 


Note: Not all sections of each trail are approved for every activity listed for the trail as a whole. Please click on individual trail sections to see approved activities for that section.

Map Legend

  • Trail Head
  • Historical Site
  • Beach
  • Natural Feature
  • Campground
  • Park
  • Cultural Interest
  • Scenic View
  • Educational Interest
  • Visitor Center
  • Emergency Care
  • Water Access
  • Fishing
  • Wildlife or Nature Viewing
  • Trail Friendly Business

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