The Little Forks Conservancy also protects land through acquisition, by either gift or purchase, protecting it as a preserve. Some preserves provide opportunities for public recreation and access to unique resources in our region, while other more sensitive sites require limiting public access to preserve native associations of flora and fauna.
The 72-acre Averill Preserve along the Pere Marquette Rail-Trail celebrates Michigan’s natural history. Once the site of the world’s largest timber banking grounds, the Averill Preserve has more than a mile of trails for hiking and exploring nature. Be sure to stop at the Overlook for a panoramic view of the Tittabawassee River!
View the trails
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Albert and Virginia Szok Preserve
Located within Pine Haven Recreation Area, this 8-acre property was donated by the children of Albert and Virginia Szok in memory of their parents. A short hiking trail invites you to enjoy the beauty along the river’s edge!
Forestview Natural Area
An impressive wetland area, this 70-acre property is home to many species of amphibians. The forest features a ridge of hemlock and white pine, while the forest floor has an abundance of ferns.
To visit the preserve from Midland, take N Saginaw Rd west toward Sanford. Turn left onto N Tittabawassee River Rd. The Forestview Natural Area parking lot is the first driveway on the right.
Riverview Natural Area
The 419-acre Riverview Natural Area exemplifies the beauty of mid-Michigan’s landscape. From the parking area, follow the mile-long trail loop as it winds through the forest to the river. You may see bald eagles soaring above the river. The property boasts beautiful spring wildflowers and colorful autumn leaves.
George and Sue Lane Preserve
270 Acres in the Northwest region of Gladwin County donated by George and Sue Lane and managed in partnership with Leon P. Martuch Chapter of Trout Unlimited. The 0.8-mile trail leads trail users through a field of wildflowers with a mixture of wetland and pines. Traversing across the preserve to a shared driveway, trail users are lead further into the preserve when suddenly rounding a corner the rolling hills emerge into view. The trail leads up a hill with a panoramic view of the forestland, grassland, and a neighboring pond. You’ll walk through an old oak grove and down a hill to the flowing Cedar River!
Help Us Keep Them Beautiful!
The Little Forks Conservancy’s staff and volunteers work together to manage and restore our preserves. How can you help?
Donate your time
The Conservancy’s preserves always need a few helping hands. Whether its planing, removing invasive species, or maintaining the preserve’s trails, your help is greatly appreciated. For more information about volunteering visit our Volunteer Page or call our office at (989) 835-4886.
Support Our Stewardship
By becoming a member of The Little Forks Conservancy, your donation helps us to protect the lands in our care. Your support allows us to maintain these preserves for the enjoyment of our community. To contribute, click here, or mail your donation to: 105 Post Street, Midland, MI 48640
Steiner Preserve, Midland
|The Little Forks Conservancy purchased our first preserve from Nancy Steiner for the bargain sale price of $10,000. Located at the confluence of Big Salt Creek and the Chippewa River, the 9.8-acre property features 2,000 feet of river frontage and native hardwood forest. Nancy and her father, Richard Stroebel of Saginaw, sought out the Conservancy so the property would remain “wild” and natural.|