Visit Peaceful Elberta in Benzie County
Top Things to Do and See in Elberta
- Elberta Waterfront Park: With 5.6 acres on the Bestie Bay shoreline, this park is a wonderful place to walk, have a picnic, and enjoy the outdoors.
- Elberta Dunes South Natural Area: With three quarters of the area classified as Critical Dune Area, the 56-acre area is really special to Elberta. It offers a 1.2 mile round trip trail of moderate difficulty.
- Betsie Lake: Emptying into Lake Michigan and nestled between Frankfort and Elberta, Bestie Lake is great for fishing.
- Betsie Valley Trail: This 22 mile trails begins in Frankfort and Elberta and travels through Beulah and all the way to Thompsonville, great for bicyclists and pedestrians.
Boating & Fishing
On calm days, people enjoy fishing from the north and south piers that reach out into Lake Michigan and at the mouth of Betsie Bay. If you want to explore the waters of Betsie Lake and Lake Michigan but don't own a boat, there are several charter fishing boats in the area. Betsie Bay is known for salmon, brown trout, steelhead, smallmouth bass and catfish.
Parks & Beaches
The Elberta Waterfront Park on Short Street is a great spot to picnic, with gorgeous views of Betsie Lake and Frankfort. The well-maintained park on Betsie Bay features a large picnic shelter, playground, amphitheater, and a short walking path. The park also includes historical markers about the Life Saving Station and Ann Arbor Railroad.
Trails & Scenic Overlook
Just before the very steep drive down to Elberta Beach, a scenic overlook is available off of Bye Road, and provides a gorgeous view of Lake Michigan, Elberta Beach and the Frankfort Lighthouse.
Also read about the city of Frankfort, just 5 minutes from Elberta.
For more information about the Elberta area:
Frankfort-Elberta Chamber of Commerce
517 Main St.
Frankfort-Elberta Chamber of Commerce.
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