North Point Nature Preserve

This trail is good for Hiking Biking

  • Length: 1.32 mi
  • Surface: Natural
  • Organization: Little Traverse Conservancy
  • Trail Website:

Winding through a diverse 27-acre dune and wooded area, the trails at North Point offer opportunities to enjoy forest, open and wooded dunes, and 2,800 feet of Lake Michigan shoreline. The trails provide access to the beach and wooded back dunes. Hiking, cross-country skiing, and swimming are popular here.  A wooden viewing platform looks out at Lake Michigan and Mount McSauba, the highest sand dune north of Charlevoix and adjacent to North Point. The preserve's network of trails link to the neighboring Mt. McSauba Recreation Area.

This is a Primary Site on the Sunset Coast Birding Trail. For more information about birding opportunities at this site and others in coastal northwest lower Michigan, go to


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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