Fairy Trails – Traverse City, MI

The Fairy Trails are located in the Grand Traverse Commons Natural Area, a 140-acre woodlands filled with biking and hiking trails and in winter it is popular place for snowboarding and cross-country skiing.

They were opened in May of 2016 with the cooperation of two organizations: Life and Whim and ELF (Eat Learn Frolic).

To begin your whimsical journey through this magical place, you access the fairy trails along the Cedar Cathedral Trail at Grand Traverse Commons located near the water tower next to the ELF building.

It is there visitors of all ages will discover a collection of enchanting fairy homes built from natural materials found in the woods, things like fallen leaves, pine cones, tree branches, shells, bark, stones, flowers, among other items on the forest floor.

If you are so inspired, you are encouraged to build a fairy home of your own during your trip down the trail.

There is also a fairy trail at The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park at 1490 Red Drive in Traverse City.

Created in 2020, the new fairy trail is located across from the Pavilion, to the right of the Butterfly Garden and adjacent to the entrance of Meadow’s Loop. The trail is free and open year round. And, like the other fairy trails, it encourages visitors to build a fairy house, of course, using only natural materials.

Fairy Trails
C/o Cedar Cathedral Trail
Grand Traverse Commons
Traverse City, MI


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Thomasville, North Carolina.

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