Finton Natural Area near Northport

This is a 35-acre Leelanau Conservancy preserve open to the public. Along with its majestic hardwoods, Finton also contains a touch of cedar swamp.Among the cedars are hemlocks whose acidic roots inhibit growth of other plants. These roots and those of other trees are relatively exposed. Historical high water levels caused the soil to bog up and slide away. You’ll also notice boulders deposited by retreating glaciers and the raised ridges running along the ground that indicate past lake levels ofLake Michigan.

Getting there: From Northport, take 201 north (changes to CR 629). Turn right on Northport Point Rd.(CR 640). Look for the sign and property across from Paradesia Road.