- Michigan is home to the most varieties of stones in the entire world. Glaciers covered almost 200 million acres when they formed and acted like a giant conveyor belt bringing rocks south to what is now Michigan.
- The coral that formed Petoskey stones (Hexagonaria percarinata) went extinct before dinosaurs were even born. So, when you find a Petoskey stone, you’ve found an animal that’s older than a dinosaur!
- Northern Canada is home to several large diamond deposits, and glaciers snuck some south to Michigan. Diamonds are found within a 200-mile swath that runs from Iowa to Ohio. The largest have been found near Milwaukee—including one that was more than 21 carats. A 10-carat diamond was found near Dowagiac, Michigan—which may be the largest found in the state.
- Michigan law states that an individual cannot remove more than 25 pounds per year of any rock, mineral (exclusive of any gold bearing material) or invertebrate fossil from state-owned land for personal or non-commercial hobby use.
- It is illegal under federal law to remove stones from a National Lakeshore.
A boat ramp and Kayak launch are available at Josephine Ford Park
Playgrounds are located at Kiwanis park located at the north end of Arbor Street. and at Kosequat located on the corner of Hoyt and Lake streets
Trails & Boardwalk
A portion of the Little Traverse Wheelway is located in the Harbor Springs. For maps and information on this well traveled path go to: http://www.trailscouncil.org/little-traverse-wheelway/
The City of Harbor Springs Boardwalk offers spectacular views of the bay can be accessed from the base of the Bluff at the North end of Spring Street or from the top on Bluff Drive.
Tunnel of Trees
Northern Michigan’s Tunnel of Trees on M119 is one of the state’s most iconic attractions starting in beautiful and historic downtown Harbor Springs. Ranked among the most scenic roads in the United States, the Tunnel of Trees Scenic Heritage Route is especially breathtaking in the spring when trilliums carpet the forest floor bordering the road and in autumn when the hardwoods are aflame in brilliant colors. The Tunnel of Trees consists of 22 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline first constructed in 1919 holding designations of M-13, M-131, and finally the M119 designation in 1979.
Depending on the time of year, the Tunnel of Trees portion of M119 can see between 2,000 and 15,000 vehicles in a single day. Besides the natural and scenic beauty of the road, there are several other attractions along this northern Michigan asset to include, Pond Hill Farm, Thorne Swift Nature Preserve, Good Hart General Store, and the iconic Legs Inn located at the end of the Tunnel of Trees located in Cross Village.
If you are planning a trip to Harbor Springs and/or need information on the Tunnel of Trees or something else of interest, please contact the City of Harbor Springs at (231) 526-2104 or visit our website at www.cityofharborsprings.com.