Maplehurst Natural Area Now Open to Public

“It’s a real gem for the whole region,” said Glen Chown, executive director of the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy.

The fundraising is complete and the land is now open to the public.

The Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy has successfully completed fundraising for the Maplehurst Natural Area.

It’s a 389 acre property near Kewadin where you can see Torch Lake, Elk Lake and East Grand Traverse Bay at the same time.

The land conservancy helped secure a $1.9 million grant and then helped raise another $1.9 million to match the grant.

The property has now been transferred to Milton Township.

“It protects water quality on Torch Lake and the Chain and East Bay, it provides a new recreational amenity that is just spectacular, a 60 acre undeveloped lake, trails, streams flowing into Torch Lake and it’s good for our economy,” said Chown.

The township plans to start adding walking trails and kiosks later this year.