When I think of Jackson County and springtime quickly approaching, I think of our Trail system and how it benefits tourism locally and throughout the State of Michigan. The City of Jackson and Jackson County is a destination for our parks and multi-use trail systems.
Over the last year, the City of Jackson added to the Martin Luther King Equality Trail for travelers to ride from the MLK Center to downtown Jackson. The new PAKA Trail starts on Fourth Street and travels by Middle School at Parkside and the picturesque Ella Sharp Park to Horton Road where the trail meets Summit Township’s new trail. These new trails connect with the Weatherwax Road trail that leads you to the Falling Water Trail system or and back to the Martin Luther King Equality Trail. Jackson County added a connector trail from Kibby Road to the Martin Luther King Equality Trail including a nice ride on a wooden bridge over some beautiful wet areas. The City then connected the Kibby Trail along Kibby Road to Sparks Park with our wonderful Cascades Falls.
There are many ways to jump on the trail system but if you start at Lions Park heading south, enter through the wonderful large metal door of the Armory Arts, stop Downtown for some lunch, work your way through the City of Jackson and then head straight to Concord or go south along the PAKA trail or do a loop through Ella Sharp or Sparks Park and work your way back through the City.
Jackson County, City of Jackson and Summit Township trails are all part of the Governors Showcase Trail system from Bell Isle to Jackson heading North and the Lake to Lake Trail form Lake Michigan to Lake Huron. Both Trail systems include a must stop in Jackson Michigan. You can travel the trails and stop to enjoy one of the City of Jackson and Jackson County many parks and campgrounds. You will be able to see some of the most beautiful areas Jackson County has to offer along with new trails to come in the future. A new must see destination Jackson Michigan for trail users!
Written by-- Kelli Hoover, Director of the City Parks, Recreation and Cemeteries Department. City of Jackson employee for over twenty years.