One of our favorite places to go in Traverse City, MI is The Grand Traverse Commons. It used to be The Traverse City State Hospital – Northern Michigan Asylum.
Information from their website:
“The Village is the unique renovation of dozens of historic buildings formerly known as the Traverse City State Hospital, and previously, the Northern Michigan Asylum. The auspicious location of this 63-acre site, centered in one of the Midwest’s most desirable locations, underscores the unparalleled beauty of magnificent, century-old Victorian-Italianate architecture.”
The Village is conveniently nestled among 480 acres of preserved parkland, which is riddled with groomed trails and breathtaking wildlife. Whether you enjoy hiking, jogging, biking, snowshoeing, or cross-country skiing, there is bound to be a trail that’s just perfect for you! Walk your dog, visit the famous “Hippie Tree,” or just take a leisurely stroll along Kid’s Creek with somebody special on one of the beautiful Commons Trails.
Take a guided tour into historic unrenovated buildings and the underground tunnel system of the former Traverse City State Hospital. http://www.thevillagetc.com
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They have made shops,homes, & so much more. We love going to the Farm market, walk through the trails, & just spending time at The Commons. We also take the time to hand out tracks & free music to those we meet along the way. We have taken many pictures….
Traverse City State Hospital (Retro Look)
The Hippie Tree at Traverse City State Hospital grounds 2011
Our hike through the Traverse City State Hospital Grounds 2011
Len and Angie first spring hike in 2012….. Plus a quick drive around: Here goes nothing Now…..
One of our many hikes to the hippie tree on the grounds of the old State Hospital.