Points of Interest

A. Pelizzari Natural Area, offers 2.5 miles of marked trails for hiking, snowshoeing and birdwatching through lovely woodlands and meadows. To learn more visit www.gtrlc.org or click here for Trail Map Download.  

B. East Bay Boat Launch

C. Archie Park, a good starting point for bicycle touring. To learn more visit www.michiganwatertrails.org

D. Scenic Overlook, exhibiting excellent views of both bays.

E. Bowers Harbor Park, the perfect place to stretch your legs. Enjoy the new walking path around the park, have a picnic, play some tennis and let the kids romp on the tall ship play structure.

F. Bowers Harbor Boat Launch

G. Pyatt Lake Nature Area, is nestled in the woods off Pyatt Rd. A quiet and peaceful nature preserve, complete with hiking trail, boardwalks and two observation platforms overlooking pristine wetlands, provides an excellent opportunity for viewing one of the most botanically diverse areas in Grand Traverse County. To learn more visit www.gtrlc.org

H. The Dougherty-Rushmore House, built in 1842 by Reverend Peter Dougherty is the first frame building in the region. The building and the grounds are available at certain times for public viewing. There is a restore icehouse, outhouse, and carriage house on the property along with 1/2 mile long Heritage Hiking Trail open to the public. www.oldmissionhouse.com For audio tour of all facilities call 231-354-7550 ext 21. For more information on Peninsula History visit  www.omphistoricalsociety.org

I. The Log Church, a replica of the original Mission built in 1840, that was also used was a school for Chippewa Indians, in what became the town of Old Mission when the congregation moved to Omena to set up a new mission.

J. Haserot Beach & Old Mission Boat Launch. A beautiful beach and children’s play area are tucked into this picturesque harbor.

K. Mission Point Lighthouse & Park. There are plenty of marked trails for hiking and cross-country skiing, and make sure to check out the 1858 Hessler Log Home. A short jaunt takes you to the beach and the historic Mission Point Lighthouse. Built in 1870, the lighthouse is open from 10am-5pm everyday in May through October, and on weekends in November. Admission charge to climb the tower/museum. For more information visit www.missionpointlighthouse.com