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Whaleback Nature Area and Clay Cliffs Nature Area

Who doesn’t love a beautiful hike to a gorgeous view of Lake Michigan, the Manitou Islands, and Leland?!

Whale Back Nature Area and Clay Cliffs Nature Area each offer the perfect trails for many to enjoy a relatively easy hike.  The Leelanau Conservancy oversees these sites, as well as more than a dozen other nature areas promoting stewardship and public access to treasures of Leelanau County. Whaleback and Clay Cliffs trailheads are accessed from M-22 just outside of Leland.

Enjoy trillium (in the spring), nesting eagles, stands of hardwoods and birches as you make your way to bluffs overlooking Lake Michigan.

Whaleback Nature Area Views


Clay Cliffs Nature Area Views





















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