March 3, 2024

Behold: A New Trail Overlooking Torch Lake

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By Lynda Wheatley | Aug. 14, 2021

There’s a new hiking trail at the Torch Lake Nature Preserve — just about ¾ of a mile long wending through one of the prettiest wooded parcels in Antrim County — and it’s just opened to the public. Credit the new from-scratch route to the sweat of SEEDS EcoCorps team members (some of the crew is shown above), who helped select and design the route, removed brush and trees, hauled sand to cover slippery clay, and leveled the trailway, all with a keen eye to erosion control, tree health and root systems, accessibility and safety, and well … one heck of a seasonal view of Torch Lake. Their hands-on efforts, made possible with a grant for tools from the TC Track Club, will wow you, as it did the property’s Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy. Says Steve Lagerquist, a land steward for GTRLC, “We are incredibly thankful for the continued hard work of the EcoCorps crews. It’s such a win-win. Their work at the Torch Lake Nature Preserve exceeded expectations, and we look forward to working with them again soon.” Looking forward to seeing this beauty yourself? Find it just northwest of Bellaire off Robinson Rd.

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