DeYoung Natural Area

This trail is good for Hiking

The 145-acre natural area is located just outside of Traverse City, along both sides of Cherry Bend Road. On the Cedar Lake side, you will pass the iconic old barn on your way to the trailhead. From the open field you will enter mature cedar forest and follow the winding path to the shore of Cedar Lake. A platform extends out into the lake, providing a great place for fishing and observing wildlife. The preserve has nearly one mile of shoreline along the west side of the lake. The TART trail runs through this area of the property near the lake. 

On the other side of Cherry Bend Road, a new trail system takes you through farmland, forest, and over a small stream. Sections of the trail skirt agricultural fields that continue to be farmed. A nice vista of the farm fields and Cedar Lake can be enjoyed from the trailhead off of Strang Road. 

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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.

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  • 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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