Grand Traverse Commons Natural Area

This trail is good for Hiking Biking XC Skiing

  • Length: 4.39 mi
  • Surface: Natural
  • Organization: Grand Traverse Conservation District
  • Trail Website:

The Commons Natural Area encompasses over 480 acres of parkland, woodland, wetland conservation areas, and hiking and biking trails. As part of the Grand Traverse Commons Redevelopment District, the natural area was previously property of the the former State Psychiatric Hospital. Now a popular recreation destination, the Commons has several miles of unpaved trails for hiking, biking, nature watching and cross-country skiing. The trails wind through wooded hillsides, meadows, wetlands, and along streams. A wide and accessible path passes through the Botanic Garden at the Historic Barns Park. 


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

Trail Photos


UV Index

Trail Documents

Do you have something to add? Email Us