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DeYoung Natural Area
The newly accessible natural area has one small trail (the first of many to come!), with a view of the mature cedar forest and natural Cedar Lake shoreline. DeYoung is also home to approximately 144 species of birds. Because the natural area is so new, the best way to view it in all its glory is to attend one of the scheduled hikes. The natural area is administered by the Leelanau Conservancy. DeYoung also hosts weekly programs with the raptor education program, Wings of Wonder. For details on events and hikes, go to http://www.theconservancy.com/Events.html and search for the keyword "DeYoung."
Directions: From the intersection of M-72 and M-22 in Traverse City (Tom�s West Bay) go north on M-22 1.2 miles, turn left onto Cherry Bend Rd. Go 2.0 miles down Cherry Bend Rd., and look for the big lower hay barn on your right. Pull into the parking area by the barn. From CR 641 and Cherry Bend Rd. intersection, go towards Traverse City on Cherry Bend Rd. about 2.1 miles, look for big lower hay barn on your left. Pull into the parking area next to the barn.
From the TART Leelanau Trail: you can either bike out from Traverse City or park at the TART lot on Cherry Bend Rd. next to the Cherry Bend Animal Hospital. From the Animal Hospital, DeYoung is less than a mile to the farm, where you will see the lower hay barn where the group will gather to begin the hike. Unless otherwise specified, DeYoung hikes last about two hours and are fairly rigorous. Some bushwhacking, negotiating uneven terrain and traversing short but steep slopes is in order.
Open dawn to dusk.