Avalanche Preserve, Boyne City, MI

001As we travel, we often find these little hidden gems. Avalanche Preserve is a former (tiny) ski slope that was later developed into a city park. The park offers separate trails for biking and hiking (which I prefer), and a disc golf course.

Neither the hiking or biking trails are super-long (just a few miles), but the hilly terrain offers a nice little workout. While Jeff hit his trails, I ventured onto the hiking trail, which was touted as being 2.2 miles but ended up to be more like 2.7. No biggie. The hiking trail winds in and around the bike trail, then merges with the disk golf course. Eventually the trail leads you up to the top of the hill, to a beautiful overlook. If you just want to see the overlook, you can take two hundred something stairs to get to the same place!

After we completed a lap on our respective trails, Jeff and I hit the front nine of the disc golf course. If you don’t know what that is, it’s essentially Frisbee golf. We purchased a set of “official” discs a couple of years ago (before we started fulltime RV-ing), but have only pulled them out a couple of times. You start off from a “tee” spot and fling your disc toward an elevated metal basket (the “hole”). Some of the holes are quite long (400 yards or more), with challenging obstacles like a forest and hills! I’m really not very good at it, but it is fun to hack around. It’s not like I’m keeping score!

We like these little parks as a way to get outside in nature and get some healthy exercise. And best of all, it’s free!


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