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Dream. Explore. Build.

The Fairy Trails is a passion project lovingly created and maintained by Life and Whim. At Life and Whim we are passionate about engaging the imaginations and inspiring the curiosity of children, and so we set out to build a special spot for kids in a place we love – Traverse City!

Join us in building a vibrant online Fairy Community! You're invited to join a new Facebook Group called “Teaching with Fairies” started by Heather Harrington of Life and Whim and Nicolette Sowder who writes an awesome blog called Wilder Child. Click here to access the group page and request to join.

From inspiring kids to pursue an active, outdoor lifestyle, to encouraging them to become stewards of the environment, and igniting their creativity and imaginations, this new group is a place for all of us to explore ways in which the world of fairies can connect our kids to the natural world and each other. We’ll be featuring activities, crafts, lessons and lots of collaborative discussion. We’d love for you to join us!


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Subscribe to stay up-to-date with all of the news and information about this year's Fairy Fest event, as well as all other activities and events taking place at the Fairy Trails. You’ll also receive our weekly Journal posts, free Field Guides and a link to download our How to Build a Fairy House eBook!


There’s a lot that went into building the Fairy Trails, but the main ingredients that keep it magical are the creativity, imagination and hard work of the kids who love and care for it. The best way to experience the Fairy Trails is to visit and explore, but in the meantime here’s a video compilation of fairy house building at its best.

About the Fairy Trails

There are few things as magical as a hike on one of Traverse City’s many trails and pathways. It’s not just the fresh air and beautiful surroundings that thrill and inspire, but also the sense of discovery that comes from exploring nature’s wonder. From a brilliant blanket of trillium to a majestic soaring eagle, there is always something to see in Traverse City’s forests. And now there’s even more to discover at Traverse City’s Fairy Trails, an enchanted forest filled with tiny fairy houses.

The Fairy Trails is a magical place for kids of all ages to explore and discover fairy houses built along the Cedar Cathedral Trail at The Village At Grand Traverse Commons. The trailhead is located near the water tower.

While mystical creatures have inhabited the minds and imaginations of Traverse City’s youth for years, Traverse City’s fairies and sprites will now have dwellings of their own in a magical woodland setting.

We invite you to come explore and discover the fairy houses and build one of your own using all natural materials! Searching for fairy houses on the Fairy Trails is a fun family adventure. The Fairy Trails are free to explore. Click here to access a map of the Fairy Trails location. In order to stay up to date about events and news about the Fairy Trails, please subscribe using one of the links on this page. We can’t wait to see you on the Fairy Trails!


The fairies on the Fairy Trails love houses made with all natural materials such as pinecones, shells, branches, flowers and more. Have fun exploring, scavenging and building your fairy house! Download a copy of our free “How to Build a Fairy House” eBook for fun and creative ideas and crafts that are fun for the whole family. And please remember to help us keep the forest clear of man-made materials, such as toys, books and plastic fairies. Thank you! 


Can’t get enough of Fairies? Check out some of the Fairy Trail-inspired goods available in our Shop, including the Stumper the Fairy House hard enamel pin, Fairy Trails Youth Tee Shirt, and Fairy Trails Field Guide adventure and coloring book.


Connect with us on Instagram @LifeandWhim and send us your photos by tagging
your fairy house images using the hashtag #FairyTrailsTC.