Elmer Johnston Preserve

This trail is good for Hiking

  • Length: 1.84 mi
  • Surface: Natural
  • Organization: Little Traverse Conservancy
  • Trail Website: landtrust.org

Elmer Johnston has 220 acres of rolling hardwoods and open meadows to enjoy. Old logging roads provide nearly two miles of hiking opportunities and previously farmed hilltops now offer great views of Lake Michigan and Beaver Island. 

Church Road is plowed in the winter and the preserve provides great winter recreation opportunities. The trails are not groomed, however, heavy use provides a consistent track for cross country skiing. The steep slopes can be challenging and/or exhilarating.


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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