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Old Mission Peninsula extends northward from Traverse City. In all, it is three miles wide and 19 miles long. Surrounded by pristine, clear, fresh water, the peninsula divides Grand Traverse Bay into west and east bays.
This countryside offers exquisite nature walks with views of cherry orchards and vineyards, sure to please any visitor. Year-round access provides a plethora of activities, from hiking to biking to boating to swimming to sightseeing. In terms of scenery, the soft-sand beach fronts are awe-inspiring views such that Old Mission Peninsula visitors will feel they have witnessed a little piece of paradise.
Haserot Beach Park
Haserot Beach, near the tip of the peninsula, is located in the quaint town of Old Mission. Whether you want to have a picnic, launch your boat, take a long leisurely swim, or make a whole, relaxing day of it, this beach is the place to visit. Of all the beaches in on Old Mission Peninsula, Haserot is part of the protected Bay in East Bay, ensuring it is always clean and safe, making it a perfect place for swimming.
With a variety of activities to offer, Haresot Beach is an extremely popular destination for day trips. It has a beautiful sandy beach, a basketball court, picnic tables, a playground, and a public restroom.
Perhaps one of the best perks is the parking, something that is never a concern since there is plenty of space in the parking lot and also on the road. If you are interested in boating, there is a dock and one ramp that is perfect for most any size boat.
Located at the intersection of Peninsula Drive and Garfield Road, Bryant park boasts one of the sandiest beaches anywhere in the region. There are a lot of large, grassy areas for kids to play, and the long stretch of beach is available for adults to relax and enjoy the shade of tall pines during the heat of the day. The park is open year-round, from 7 AM to 11 PM, making any day a great day to play Frisbee, have a picnic, or watch the magnificent sunsets over West Bay.
This particularly, family-friendly beach includes charcoal grills, picnic tables, a nice-size playground, and enough parking for everyone. There are lifeguards on duty from mid-June to August, making Bryant Park a safe spot for swimming.
Lighthouse Park and Old Mission Point Park
To experience the most popular place on the peninsula, visitors should make time to travel to the very end of Old Mission Peninsula where they will find these two adjoining parks.
The Lighthouse park, of course, features the historic Lighthouse. Self-guided tours of the lighthouse that lead to the very top are a fun addition to your day. There is also a picturesque gift shop to enjoy at your leisure.
Visitors can also enjoy the historic Hessler Log Cabin. After the cabin, it is fun to re-discover historic, unspoiled trails running around and through the park. Additionally, ample opportunities exist for both bird watching and wildlife appreciation. Finally, public access to the beach allows visitors to go for a long peaceful stroll as they listen to nature and watch the sunset on the horizon.