The Thorne Swift Nature Preserve Trails are open, but all buildings remain closed due to COVID-19. While enjoying the trails, visitors are requested to observe all directional signs and maintain at least a 6-foot distance from people outside their household.

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

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Thorne Swift Nature Preserve

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

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Trail Hours:

April 15 – November 15: 10am until sunset
(Note:  Late October – November 15 weather dependent)

Nature Center Building Hours:

Memorial Day – Labor Day: Daily 10am – 7pm
Labor Day – October 20: Weekends only

Parking Fee: $5 • Season Pass: $15

* No fee for West Traverse Township residents and members of the Little Traverse Conservancy

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