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Antrim Creek Nature Area & Rex Beach

Rex Beach Rd,
Ellsworth, MI

Antrim Creek Natural Area is a 156-acre tract that lies just south of the Charlevoix/Antrim County Line and only 1.5 miles from US-31. It’s most notable feature is the nearly one mile of Grand Traverse Bay shoreline, the longest stretch of undeveloped coastline remaining within the entire 132 miles of the bay between Norwood and Northport.

Antrim Creek is home to an array of natural diversity including hardwood forest, forested wetland, conifer swamp, shrub thicket, meadow, wet meadow and coastal dunes. It supports a wide range of flora and fauna including tow endangered plants; Pitcher's Thistle and Lake Huron Tansy. In the spring wildflower enthusiasts to see Starflower, Indian Pipe, Yellow Trout Lily, Wood Lily, Columbine, Twin Flower, and Jack-In-The Pulpit blooming in all their glory.

Distance: 2.1 miles
Trail Type: Foot path, Nordic ski trail
Terrain: Grand Traverse Bay, shoreline dunes
Difficulty: Easy


Monday: Open 24 hours
Tuesday: Open 24 hours
Wednesday: Open 24 hours
Thursday: Open 24 hours
Friday: Open 24 hours
Saturday: Open 24 hours
Sunday: Open 24 hours
Recreation Type
Beach Biking / Hiking Trails
Hiking Difficulty

Google Reviews


Brian Goebel

a month ago
Great spot with nice nature trails, both wooded and along the beach. Can also walk along (on) the beach. A north and south small parking lot plus several pull-off parking areas for 1 or 2 vehicles at north end. Tight one way road, be careful. (pictured) All in all a great place to spend a few hours.

Andrew Pool

2 months ago
Love it here we've been coming here since a kid over 20 years or so... very beautiful my family property is right up the road fun little kyak trip 😀

Brandy Mason-Hickey

a week ago
Best beach that really does have a beach some rocks but we built cand castles


a year ago
What a wonderful area! The beach is amazing, covered in rocks, puddle stones, and the occasional Petoskey. The water was a little mucky as you get closer to large collections of rocks, but it does get better as you walk along the shoreline.

Nancy Kelley

2 years ago
We visit here often. It’s a big loop with options to lengthen or shorten the loop. I love it because 1/2 the loop is in beautiful woods with wide, well maintained trails and half is on the Lake Michigan shoreline/beach. It’s a perfect hike to do with visitors. Not too long and easy to do in tennis shoes or a Teva like shoe. There are two entrances and either starting point is great but if I had to pick one, I’d pick the south entrance and then start by walking through the woods first and then looping back on the beach. The trails are flat enough and wide enough that everyone feels comfortable - more of a walk than a hike. There is lots of nature to be seen and the slower you walk the beach the more likely you are to find a Petoskey stone or a little critter. Our older dog and our older parents all enjoy this 1.25 mile loop. Lastly, there is poison ivy along the trail but stick to the trails and you’ll be fine. I’ve included a pic for those who don’t know what it looks like. “Leaves of three, let it be”.

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