In Traverse City, spring in the outdoors often means birding. During the annual spring migration, between mid-April and the middle of May, a diverse population of migratory birds congregate in the Traverse City area. This is one of the most productive bird-watching areas in the country because of so many of our best birding spots are on public land and easily accessible to visitors.
Spring is also the time of year when geocachers love to get out and follow their GPS clues to new caches, when turkey hunters head for the woods in search of big gobblers, and when four-wheelers like to get out on those muddy back roads. The Traverse City area is surrounded by miles and miles of state and national forest land, much of it open to hunters and four-wheelers!
Horseback riders will be glad to know that there are several well-developed riding trails in the area as well as a number of riding stables. Disc golf aficionados, meanwhile, will find several challenging courses scattered throughout the region.