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Railroad Point Natural Area


Railroad Point Natural Area includes 209 acres that extend from the shores of Crystal Lake, Michigan’s ninth largest lake, south to the Betsie River, a state-designated Natural and Wild-Scenic River. The preserve protects 4,300 feet of lake frontage or more than half of Crystal Lake’s publicly-owned shoreline. Inland Railroad Point features upland forests, wetlands, steep-sided bluffs, and portions of Outlet Creek, the warm-water stream that connects the lake to the Betsie River. Two trails provide access into Railroad Point. The multi-purpose Bestie Valley Trail skirts Crystal Lake for a mile on the northern edge of the natural area while the Mary Margaret Johnson Trail, open only to foot traffic, heads inland from Mollineaux Road to views of Crystal Lake. Following a short segment of Mollineaux Road allows you to combine the trails for an enjoyable bike-and-hike outing while the Mary Margaret Johnson Trail dips and climbs the natural contours of the terrain for a round-trip hike of 1.3 miles. This map, produced by, includes: --10-foot contour lines --Location of the Railroad Point trailhead and spur trail from Bestie Valley Trail --Amenities icons for scenic views and benches --Mileage flags marking the trail Along with photos, you can get a mile-by-mile description of the trail from at

Price: $ 1.99 USD


Primary Category: Recreation

Secondary Categorization: Parks, Biking, Skiing

Published: 2020

Language: English

Size: 734.2 KB

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