This 707-acre reserve is the largest of the Leelanau Conservancy’s natural areas.

Palmer Woods Forest Reserve

This natural area is tucked away on Wheeler Road off of M22 in Leelanau County. Palmer Woods Forest Reserve is 707 acres of quiet woodland. The Leelanau Conservancy hosted a trail run here in the Spring of 2017 and it was an excellent challenge. The trail is rated as moderate to difficult because of the steady incline of the Price Valley Trail (it should make you feel better to know that at least on the way back it will be downhill!). There is a mile long Loop Trail off to the north of the parking area and an even further North Loop Trail if you want to add on another eighth tenths of a mile. This system of trails offers a great variety of hike length options. If you’re quiet you’ll probably encounter some white-tailed deer.