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Arcadia Dunes CS Mott Nature Preserve

Address: M22 Highway, Arcadia, MI
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Ranked #3 of 5 Attractions in Arcadia
Type: Hiking Trails, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Owner description: hiking, biking, backpacking, snowshoeing, x-country skiing
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Type: Hiking Trails, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Owner description: hiking, biking, backpacking, snowshoeing, x-country skiing
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DeWitt, Michigan
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125 reviews 125 reviews
80 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Just north of the town of Arcadia (MI) is the 3,888 acre Arcadia Dunes (C. S. Mott Nature Preserve). At the BaldyTrailhead, we walk about 2 miles through the forest following the sign posts to the Lake Michigan Overlook. A portion of this ridge trail parallels the Lake and the trees do obscure the view a bit. However, once we... More 

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chicago, il
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45 reviews 45 reviews
7 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

hiked here in September on our way home from Northport, loved walking through the woods and then over to the views of Lake Michigan from Old Baldy.

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

I'm hesitant to even post this review, since the trails of this nature preserve are so pristine, beautiful, and under-utilized. I felt like we drove to the middle of nowhere to get there--however long you think it will take to drive from your hotel, double that time. We hiked the 1+ mile trail to the dunes, and it was amazing.... More 

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Pierport, MI
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57 reviews 57 reviews
14 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Great views of the lake from Old Baldy. Most of the trails to the view spots are pretty easy. Some of the trails are very scenic, some less so. If you enjoy your time please check out the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy as they are the folks behind this preserve and many others in the area -www.gtrlc.org Not great... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Great views of lake Michigan and many trails to hike. St. Francis trail is a challenging 10 mile biking trail through the woods. Very fun. Take off as bugs are really bad this year.

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Arcadia, Michigan
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

Great for hiking, cross country skiing and snow shoeing. Many beautiful vistas. The wild flowers in the spring are stunning, especially trillium.

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Michigan
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83 reviews 83 reviews
10 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

We are always looking for a new hike in northern Michigan! This one is located just south of Frankfort and north of Arcadia. The hike is really enjoyable and the views at the end are just stunning. High about Lake Michigan is where you end atop a sand dune. We took lunch and were the only people there, felt like... More 

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Arcadia, Michigan
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

A beautiful hike that leads you to a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan. The views are amazing! Not to be missed

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Cadillac
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2012

Absolutely gorgeous!!! The dunes are awesome, it is peaceful and quiet. Felt like an undiscovered place.

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USA
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2011

I agree with the other reviews. This is truly one of the best views of Lake Michigan, but also one of the most beautiful trails. We had been up on Bruce Peninsula hiking and have hiked many places along lake MI....I think this is my favorite trail.

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