Whaleback Natural Area

This trail is good for Hiking XC Skiing

  • Length: 1.05 mi
  • Surface: Natural
  • Terrain: Challenging Terrain; Uphill Climbs
  • Organization: Leelanau Conservancy
  • Trail Website: leelanauconservancy.org

Whaleback Natural Area offers visitors spectacular views from its high bluffs above Lake Michigan and varied terrain that hosts unique communities of plants and wildlife. The trail ascends through hardwoods to a flat hilltop loop. The access trail is the most challenging section of the trail. 

The natural area is located within easy walking distance of the village of Leland. When you visit, please realize that the land on both sides of the access trail is private and is not open to the public. 



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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