The 92 acre Veronica Valley Park is owned by Leelanau County. The property was formerly a nine hole golf course that has not been in use since 2008. The site is characterized by gently rolling hills, open space, wetlands, and forested wetlands that include dense stands of white cedar. The property has two bridges and seven ponds. Mebert Creek, a designated trout stream, also winds approximately 2,268 feet through the site.
Veronica Valley offers some exceptional viewing trails and easy access to the above habitats. A new proposed trail system will reach most of the areas of the park with a high percentage of the trails maintained by a single width of a county mower. Wood-chipped paths and elevated boardwalks are planned leading to viewing platforms in and adjacent to the wetland areas.
Once a golf course, now a county park, Veronica Valley is a good place to look for shrub-scrub species such as yellow warbler, gray catbird, eastern kingbird and brown thrasher, among others. The County Parks Department has plans for improvement of this property; these improvements should lead to increases in both the numbers of species and the numbers of individuals over time.
For a detailed map, see the following: Veronica Valley Map (PDF)
Directions: This parcel is located in Bingham Township at the junction of Maple Valley Road and County Road 641, approximately four miles southwest of Suttons Bay and four miles south of the Village of Lake Leelanau in the east central area of Leelanau County. The Park is approximately one-half mile south of Lake Leelanau on County Road 642 and 12 miles from Traverse City.