Goodhart Farms Nordic Ski Trails
From the winter trailhead you begin in an open and very flat field where often the groomed ski trail is wind swept and hard to see. Not the most appealing sight for Nordic skiers. But within minutes you are striding through deep snow in the woods and before the afternoon is over you’ll thrill to the exhalation of several downhill runs.
Don’t let the view from the parking lot deter you. Goodhart Farms is a delightful place to ski. Skiers at Goodhart Farms.
One of the Little Traverse Conservancy’s largest tracts at 645 acres, Goodhart Farms Nature Preserve is located 9 miles north of Harbor Springs and just east of M-119, the scenic drive known as the “Tunnel of Trees.” The preserve’s 8-mile trail system is the longest of any within Little Traverse Conservancy’s network of tracts and winds through a variety of terrain, from gently rolling fields to steep wooded hills.
Most of the year the trails are popular with hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians but during the winter cross country skiers head to the east half of the preserve where 3.5 miles of trails are groomed and tracked for classic skiing when there is sufficient snow.
And there usually is. The real beauty of Goodhart Farms’ ski trails aren’t the downhill runs or the woods but their location. They sidle a ridge that rises more than 1,100 feet just 2 miles from Lake Michigan. That lofty perch allow the trails to catch and hold the usually abundant lake effect snow sweeping in from the west.
|Difficulty - Easy|
|Difficulty - Moderate|
|Groomed Classic Skiing|