Lighthouse West Natural Area

This trail is good for Hiking

Hike through hardwoods and thickets, and stroll along the Lake Michigan shoreline while visiting the Lighthouse West Natural Area. The terrain is relatively flat until you descend a steep bluff to a cobble beach. Enjoy 640 feet of frontage on Lake Michigan. 

Lighthouse West Natural Area is known especially for birding. Located at the tip of the Leelanau Peninsula, thousands of migrating songbirds and broad-winged raptors stop at this preserve to feed and rest before crossing the Lake. Over 120 species of birds have been recorded here. 


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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