In 2008, the City of Petoskey acquire this parcel, with help from the Little Traverse Conservancy, and constructed an overlook platform offering spectacular views of the Petoskey region. The land was a logical location for diverting a portion of the North Country Trail away from Krause Road. From atop this hill are sweeping views of Little Traverse Bay and the Bear River Valley. This property lies adjacent to more than 865 acres of City of Petoskey land, land owned by the county and the state, and land connected through privately-granted trail easements. At an elevation of more than 1,200 feet, the views are dramatic.
Skyline Trail is part of the North Country Trail (NCT) system, so the hiking is endless (www. northcountrytrail.org). This section, maintained by the Tittabawassee chapter of the NCT, is hilly and difficult with two switchbacks.
- Acreage: 70 acres – links together more than 800 acres of the city of Petoskey and state lands.
- Location: Emmet County
- MNRTF Grant Type: Acquisition and development
- MNRTF Grant Funds: $99,000
- Matching Funds: $184,000