Northern Michigan lifestyle, history & real estate blog.
In the heart of the Inland Waterway is Alanson, Michigan.
With a small walk-able downtown, visitors and residents alike can enjoy the tranquility of the Crooked River, and several community parks, visit the local library or historical museum, stop into the historic bakery or hardware store, shop for flowers, and gifts, and peruse real estate offerings.
The Alanson Public Schools are located “just up the hill” at the corner of North and Chicago streets.
Looking to spend some time on the water? There are several local marinas and public boat slips nearby!
The North Western State Trail travels from Petoskey to Mackinaw City with a stop in Alanson along the way. This 32-mile trail is great for walking, biking, and inline skating. Parts of the trail are available for winter snowmobile traffic!
There are many natural areas to explore in the Alanson and surrounding communities. Visit the Oden Island Nature Preserve, The Lossing-Harrington Nature Preserve, or Alanson’s own Sanctuary Island Park and Boathouse. Visit the landtrust.org website to view area nature preserves.
Just 10 miles north of Petoskey, along US Highway 31, Alanson is a wonderful community to explore for those of varied interests and ages.