Visit Peaceful Elberta in Benzie County
BOATING & FISHING
Elberta is also a great place to experience kayaking, canoeing, and paddle boarding on Betsie Lake and even along the shore of Lake Michigan. There are several marinas including Jacobson Marina and East Shore Marina in Frankfort, and Betsie Bay Marina in Elberta that dock sailboats and fishing boats on Betsie Lake. For those avid fishermen, Elberta also has a pier along the shore at Elberta Waterfront Park.
BEAUTIFUL PARKS AND BEACHES
Elberta Beach on Bye Road is a peaceful spot with a long, sandy swimming beach on Lake Michigan. The pristine beach is a great spot to watch the sunset over Lake Michigan, and compared to the Frankfort beach, it's not usually crowded. A short boardwalk on the north end of the beach connects to the southern pier at the mouth of Betsie Bay.
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.
Frankfort is home of the Frankfort North Breakwater Lighthouse, which can easily be seen from the Elberta Beach on Bye Road. The lighthouse, which was built in 1932, features a 67-foot-tall tower that can be seen up close by walking the pier that starts at the Frankfort beach.
About 15 minutes north of Elberta, Point Betsie Lighthouse is another beautiful lighthouse to check out. Take a tour in the lighthouse, browse the gift shop, or walk the beach and experience a great Michigan lighthouse.
TRAILS & SCENIC OVERLOOK
If you're a hiking, biking, or jogging enthusiast, Frankfort and Elberta are included in the 22 mile long Betsie Valley that starts in Frankfort and ends in Thompsonville. The Frankfort to Elberta to Beulah route is about 8 miles long. There's also a short 1 mile route from Beulah to Benzonia, and a long, 13 mile unpaved route from Benzonia to Thompsonville, which is commonly used by snowmobilers in the winter months. Take a look at the Betsie Valley Trial map.
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.
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