Maple Bay Park and Natural Area

This trail is good for Hiking

  • Length: 1.24 mi
  • Surface: Natural
  • Organization: Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy
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The trail starts where the agricultural fields meet the forest, and ends at a sand and cobble beach along East Grand Traverse Bay. The steep footpath descends the wooded hillside, passes through lowland forest and sand foredunes, and ends at the 2,583 feet of Great Lakes shoreline.

The coastal zone and lakeshore are sensitive areas, home to several endangered plant species. Vehicular access to the lowland and beach area is prohibited; only pedestrian access is permitted.



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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