The Thorne Swift Nature Preserve is closed for the season. We look forward to seeing you again April 15, 2024!

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A cooperative effort of West Traverse Township and the Little Traverse Conservancy

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Thorne Swift Nature Preserve

Keith Hammond, Thorne Swift Manager

6690 Lower Shore Drive
Harbor Springs, MI 49740
(231) 526-6401

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Trail Hours:

April 15 – November 15: Gates open at 10:00 a.m. and close to new visitors 10 minutes prior to sunset
(Note:  Late October – November 15 weather dependent)

Nature Center Building Hours:

Memorial Day – Labor Day: Daily 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Labor Day – October 20: Weekends only

Park Fees:

Fees are not charged to Preserve Visitors.

Rules for Joyful Use of the Preserve

  1. Stay within the signs on the beach.
  2. Stay off the protected dunes.  Use the Observation Platform.
  3. The following are prohibited:
  • Dogs, except in the parking lot
  • Smoking, except in the parking lot
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Glass containers
  • Fire or fireworks
  • Weapons
  • Camping/hammocks
  • Bikes on the trails