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Treat Farm Trail: Exploring Nature’s Beauty - Mark Yancey Photo
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Treat Farm Trail: Exploring Nature’s Beauty

Last Friday was a beautiful day and we decided to play tourist and visit one of my favorite hiking trails in the Sleeping Bear Dunes, the Treat Farm Trail. It is an out-and-back trail about 2.3 miles round trip. For more information on this trail, here is the official website.

A Walk in the Woods

The trail starts with an easy uphill path through the woods. There were several flowering plants along the way including these red columbines.

Red Columbine
Red Columbine

There were also several Jack-in-the-Pulpits, although they were getting beyond their peak.

Jack-in-the-Pulpit
Jack-in-the-Pulpit
Jack-in-the-Pulpit
Jack-in-the-Pulpit

Further along, I spotted this plant, but have no idea what it is.

The Farm

After about half a mile, the trail opens up to the farm itself. There is a wonderful old farm house, a root cellar, a barn, and some sheds.

Farm House at Treat Farm
Farm House at Treat Farm
Farm House Roof
Farm House Roof
Front of Farm House
Front of Farm House
Back Addition to Farm House
Back Addition to Farm House
Rain Gutters on Addition
Rain Gutters on Addition

Here you can see the barn and the entrance to the root cellar.

Barn at Treat Farm
Barn at Treat Farm

I love the details of the weathered barn doors and hardware.

Barn Door
Barn Door
Barn Door Latch - Close up
Barn Door Latch – Close up
Barn Door Hinge - Close Up
Barn Door Hinge – Close Up
View of the Farm
View of the Farm

Open Meadows

Moving on from the farm we walk through open meadows.

Bladder Campion or Maiden's Tears
Bladder Campion or Maiden’s Tears
Orchard Grass
Orchard Grass
Chinese Silver Grass
Chinese Silver Grass
Canada Violet
Canada Violet
European Lily of the Valley
European Lily of the Valley

View of Lake Michigan

Finally we see what we’ve been looking for, the view of Lake Michigan. The bluff is very steep and the view is wonderful. The breezes coming off the lake are cool and fresh.

Lake Michigan Bluff at the End of Treat Farm Trail
Lake Michigan Bluff at the End of Treat Farm Trail

Looking to the north you can see additional trails along the edge of the bluff. These will take you to the top of the Empire Bluff Trail.

Looking North - Lake Michigan Bluff at the End of Treat Farm Trail
Rose Overlooking the Lake

What a beautiful day for this hike. We always want to stay longer looking over the lake, but it was time to head back, knowing we would return in another season to see what’s changed.

I hope you enjoyed the tour.

Mark

8 thoughts on “Treat Farm Trail: Exploring Nature’s Beauty

  1. I love all your pics Mark.Enjoyed seeing the barn,root cellar,the gate,everything.! The house sure is a neat one,would have been great to live there.Thank you so much for sharing.

    1. I try to imagine what it would have been like to live there years ago. The “driveway” would have been the trail we followed through the woods. And to have that access to Lake Michigan would have been spectacular.

  2. Glad to hear that you are out and able to hike. That is one of our favorite trails, too. We were just a few miles away from you on Friday, as we had lunch at the Shipwreck Cafe in Empire and then rode our bikes to Glen Arbor and back. Great day for a ride. Hope that your rehab is progressing well.

    BTW, on Memorial Day weekend we did a lot of kayaking, and there were literally HUNDREDS of turtles at the point we call Turtle Point in the south bay. When we returned to our lot, I found several very tiny turtles sunning in our reeds.

    1. We had lunch at the Shipwreck Cafe, too, then up to Leland for a bit. Sorry we missed you. I love those turtles. However, I’m not likely to see them this summer. Thanks for letting me know.

  3. Beautiful photos, Mark. I agree, the rusty hardware on the weathered wood makes for some great shots.

  4. I really enjoy your attention to detail, seeing and noticing the little things in plant life. And what’s not to love about a weathered barn with rusty hardware? Looks like it was quite the lovely farmhouse back in its day. Have a wonderful weekend. It will be HOT here!

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