Chippewa Run Natural Area
In summer 2007 the Leelanau Conservancy staff and volunteers created a gorgeous 1-mile trail system. It leads visitors through and around some of the most interesting and beautiful natural features of this 110-acre property that serves as the “Gateway to Empire.”
Along the stream corridor are native dogwood, black cherry, ash, maple, and poplar. The wildflowers found at Chip Run are among some of nature’s most dramatic: blue flag iris, cardinal flower and water lilies.
Explore a 1.25-mile trail here on an easy terrain. From the intersection on M-72 and M-22 in Empire, head north on M-22 about 7/10 of a mile. The parking area is located on the left, or northwest side of the street just south of the creek. In winter, if the parking lot on M-22 is not plowed, turn onto LaCore Street as if heading toward the Empire Museum. Then turn right on Fisher Street and follow signs to recycling bins. Park in recycling area where your docent will meet you or where you can begin your own hike.