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Darnton Family Nature Preserve

Behling Rd,
Boyne City, MI 49712

Size: 205 acres

Trail: 6.5 miles of trail.

Land Description: Just a few miles outside of Boyne City, these trails take you through rolling terrain and varied habitats, including a mix of old hay fields, northern hardwood forests, pine plantations, and conifer swamp wetlands surrounding Porter Creek, a trout stream and important tributary to Lake Charlevoix.

Directions: From Front Street in Boyne City, head southwest out of town following the lake until it becomes Marshall Road. Follow .3 miles and take a left on Anderson Rd. In 2.5 miles, take a right on Behling Rd. Follow Behling Rd. .8 mile to the parking area on the right. Access to the preserve is also available off of Dyer Rd, but this dirt road’s intersection with Behling has very poor visibility.

Click here for the trail map. 

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
Biking / Hiking Trails

Google Reviews


Chris Keyes

8 months ago
Was nice to wander the trails here alone. No other people to be found. Just endless wildflowers, grasshoppers, and butterflies. Looks like they keep the trails mowed pretty well.

jim witte

6 years ago
200 acres of fresh snow made this the perfect spot for snowshoeing. The conservancy has begun a trail system with major landmarks signed. When that is complete, this preserve will be fantastic. Glad to have found it early in its development. Don’t miss the remains of the old farmstead. Oh, and the vistas are beautiful here as you are rewarded each time you climb a hill.

Cheryl S.

7 months ago
For a short walk you get the beautiful surroundings of golden rods, pine trees, wisp of tall grass! It was a peaceful place?


4 years ago
Good time walking all over in the snow. Snowshoes! More mowing would make me more happy.

Adam Cotanche

4 years ago
A little out of the way, but a great hike with at least a couple options for length


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