Harbor Springs, MI Revels in Winter Recreation

By Kevin Litwin on February 17, 2012 at 7:28 pm EST

In warm weather, Harbor Springs is a summer resort on the north shore of Little Traverse Bay on Lake Michigan. But Harbor Springs in cold weather months is also a haven for outdoor recreation enthusiasts.

For those who like to snowshoe or cross-country ski, Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club has a groomed trail system that includes a 3.2K flat loop along with steeper inclines. Kiwanis Winter Park has a sledding hill and space for beginning skiers and snowboarders, plus a warming hut at the top of the hill. If you're an ice skater or hockey player, you can enjoy rinks on Main Street at the top of the hill heading into downtown Harbor Springs. From early January to early March, free ice skating lessons are offered every Saturday from 10 a.m.-noon.

For snowmobilers, anyone using trails north of the city can enter Harbor Springs on a route from the baseball park/ice rink on Hoyt Street to the harbormaster's office on the waterfront. City residents with snowmobiles are allowed to use city streets to drive in and out of town using the most direct route and obeying all traffic laws. This is only for residents – visitors cannot do the same.

Avid snow skiers and snowboarders have close-by options of Nub's Nob, which has 53 runs and cross-country skiing; and 

Boyne Highlands, complete with its 54 runs, tubing, cross-country skiing, lodging and dining. In addition, Boyne Mountain, located 15 minutes south of Petoskey, offers 60 runs, a beginner's area, ski school and snowboarding.


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