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Susan Creek Nature Preserve

US 31,
Charlevoix, MI 49720

Size: 314 acres

Frontage: Nearly a mile of frontage on Susan Creek and nearly a mile of frontage on US-31.

Land Description: Outstanding wildlife habitat provided by a mix of habitat types including wet meadows, black ash swamp, cedar thickets, ponds, and hardwoods.

Trails: A small parking area and more than two miles of trails with Hoag Preserve.

Directions: Four miles east of Charlevoix city limits and 11 miles west of Petoskey’s intersection of US-31and US-131, the entrance to Susan Creek is .6 miles southwest of Big Rock Road (the entrance to the Big Rock Restoration Site). The preserve runs across from the Little Traverse Wheelway. A new parking area was created in 2016 with support from the Bay Harbor Foundation, Charlevoix County Community Foundation, Consumer’s Energy, and Matt Lester.

Click here for the trail map. 

Recreation Type
Biking / Hiking Trails

Google Reviews


Roberta Peek

a year ago
Nice little park right off the road. Very shallow so you can walk a good ways out looking for Petoskey stones or to take neat pictures. Cool place to stop. There are grills and benches as well and a bathroom.

Naomi Clapp

a year ago
This place was just pure beauty. Right off the side of the road. We just stopped by enjoyed the view and took some pictures !

Allen Kilbourne

a year ago
Wife and I stop by every time we visit Petoskey. If you are willing to take a short walk from the public parking area you can find yourself away from everyone else. Plenty of Petoskey Stones and other rock finds.

Erin Symonds

a year ago
We visited on the weekend, trying to find a good rock hunting beach. We found it! Great spot to go picking at, will definitely be back when wee are in the area.

Anna Souto

4 years ago
I have been coming here since I was a kid in the 60s. It never loses its charm. The water levels are incredibly high right now but there have been summers where we could walk out to that clump of trees in the distance. Bring a lunch and stay awhile!


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