Experience Jackson

141 S. Jackson St., Jackson, MI 49201

Activities

Jackson, Michigan is packed with hands on excitement year-round. Through spring and summer and into the fall and winter; Jackson is the place for both indoor and outdoor recreational activities. When you come to Jackson be sure to Play Jackson.

There are plenty of great ways to stay active in Jackson! Wheither it's biking on the Falling Water Trail or canoeing on the Grand River, Jackson County offers many opportunities to play and keep moving. Find your favorite activity and get moving today!

Rather watch sports? Learn more about our sporting events.

What to do

Airport Lanes, Little Caesars & Arcade Center

(517) 783-2711
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3501 Wildwood Ave.
Jackson, MI 49202

Airport Lanes, Little Caesars & Arcade Center Airport Lanes Bowling Center offers 60 elite bowling lanes for open bowling as well as leagues. On-site bar Tamark's Lounge features a full-service bar with a wide screen TV... » More Information

Hours

Mon-Tue: 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wed-Thu: 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri-Sat: 9:00 am - 12:00 am
Sun: 9:00 am - 10:00 pm

Rock- N -Bowl Saturdays: 10 PM-12 PM

Little Caesars Hours:

Sun-Thurs. 11 AM-10 PM

Fri-Sat. 11AM-12 PM

Meeting Facility Features
  • On-site Catering Available
  • AV Equipment Available
  • Air Conditioned
  • Alcohol Permitted
  • Bartending Services Available On-Site
  • WiFi Available
Event Capacity
  • 200
  • Airport Lanes, Little Caesars & Arcade Center

Airport Lanes Bowling Center offers 60 elite bowling lanes for open bowling as well as leagues.

On-site bar Tamark's Lounge features a full-service bar with a wide screen TV to watch the game. 

Little Caesars Pizza Parlor on-site has a full-service dining room, as well as a drive-thru window for fast service. Little Caesars in Airport Lanes is popular for throwing great birthday parties, as well as corporate, retirement, sports parties, etc. 

Brand new attraction in 2015! The Airport Arcade has some of the most popular titles and exciting games on the market. The arcade operates on high-tech game cards – NO coins or tickets. Less mess, more fun. Test your skills out in the arcade and play redemption games to earn points and prizes. Redemption Center includes some HOT TOP prizes!

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AllSkate Fun Center

(517) 787-8716
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1313 W. North St.
Jackson, MI 49202

AllSkate Fun Center Jackson Magazine voted Jackson's Best Place for a Children's Birthday Party of 2012 For a fun filled experience come and see what AllSkate has to offer. At AllSkate, you... » More Information

Hours

Skate and Laser Tag Hours of Operation:

Wed: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Fri: 6:00 pm - 12:00 am 
Sat: 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm & 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm 
Sun: 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

  • AllSkate Fun Center
  • AllSkate Fun Center
  • AllSkate Fun Center
  • AllSkate Fun Center

Jackson Magazine voted Jackson's Best Place for a Children's Birthday Party of 2012

For a fun filled experience come and see what AllSkate has to offer. At AllSkate, you can skate around the roller rink to live DJ music, play a game in the arcade, or battle it out in the laser tag facilities. Roller Skating Lessons, snack bar, and birthday parties are also available. Lessons are held on Saturday afternoons.

Kids Skate Free
Allskate proudly participates in a fantastic program which promotes healthy lifestyles in kids 12 & younger by giving their parents 2 free skate passes EVERY week all year long. Signing up is easy and by participating in the Kids Skate Free Program Allskate is helping kids become healthier and helping parents too by giving them the opportunity while on a budget. 

Roller Skating is 

  • A fun way to increase muscular strength and cardiorespiratory endurance.
  • A way to burn anywhere from 330 to 600 calories per hour!
  • A Great for improving balance and flexibility.
  • A fantastic source of aerobic exercise.
  • A key to weight control.
  • Easy to learn.
  • A great tension reliever and enthusiasm builder.
  • An excellent way to help maintain good health.

Laser Tag
Allskate Fun Center has a fantastic Laser Tag arena with the amazing RIFT system in place! Players can play a number of different types of games in our laser facility and have a blast while doing so. We offer customers the chance to buy tickets in a single game, double game or a very popular FIRE TILL' YA TIRE situation, all you can play laser for an hour and a half on certain nights. Kids of all ages love this activity.

Birthday Parties
Allskate has the best birthday parties in town, 
voted Jackson's Best Place for a Children's Birthday Party of 2012 in Jackson Magazine. We have a multitude of different types of packages to fit any budget or interest. Dedicated party coaches attend to their parties' needs while the birthday child feels like a superstar while skating, playing laser tag and spending time in our ever changing arcade! 

Summer Afternoon Sessions

We will be open on Wednesday, Friday & Saturday Afternoons all summer long from 1-4pm. Perfect spot to get out of the heat and into some AC while still remaining active. Plus with our Summer Loyalty Club Cards guests will receive $3 off ANY skate session all summer long!

Fantastic Family Rates
Allskate has a family rate for each open skating session! Great way to spend time with family on a budget! The Family Rate is a discounted rate for 4 or more people when a parent or guardian stays with the children in our facility. The rate includes admission and regular skate rental.

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Best Field City Park

(517) 788-4040
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1304 Lewis St.
Jackson, MI 49203

Located at Lewis Street near Locust Street, this park features baseball fields.

Park Features
  • Baseball/ Softball Fields

Located at Lewis Street near Locust Street, this park features baseball fields.

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Bloomfield City Park

(517) 788-4040
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1305 W. Michigan Ave.
Jackson, MI 49201

Located off of Michigan Ave between Durand and Thompson Streets, this park features two tennis courts, two basketball courts, a ballfield, playground equipment and picnic tables. 

Park Features
  • Picnic Tables
  • Playground Equipment
  • Basketball Courts
  • Baseball/ Softball Fields
  • Tennis Courts

Located off of Michigan Ave between Durand and Thompson Streets, this park features two tennis courts, two basketball courts, a ballfield, playground equipment and picnic tables. 

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Brooklyn Lanes

(517) 592-2114
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11522 Brooklyn Rd.
Brooklyn, MI 49230

Brooklyn Lanes A 10 lane bowling alley in Brooklyn that features a bar, concessions and a pro shop. 

Hours

Open Seasonally Fall, Winter and Spring only.

Starting May 1st we will change to a limited schedule.  We will be open 3-4 days per week. 

July 8th we will close for the season and reopen September 1st.

  • Brooklyn Lanes

A 10 lane bowling alley in Brooklyn that features a bar, concessions and a pro shop. 

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Cascades Cycling Club

Website | Facebook P.O. Box 515
Jackson, MI 49204

Cascades Cycling Club Promoting cycling in Jackson, Michigan and the surrounding area. The Cascades Cycling Club supports both road cycling and mountain biking. The club maintains the trails in Ella Sharp... » More Information

  • Cascades Cycling Club

Promoting cycling in Jackson, Michigan and the surrounding area. The Cascades Cycling Club supports both road cycling and mountain biking. The club maintains the trails in Ella Sharp Park, a local city park in Jackson, Michigan. The trails are suitable for hiking, running, and mountain biking. The trails provide a wide range of challenges and can provide a great workout. The club takes its name from the Cascades Falls, a local landmark. The club also schedules rides during the riding season and also offers workshops for the cycling community, including the annual Pedal and Whine Bike Tour. 

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Clark Lake County Park

(517) 788-4320
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3708 Ocean Beach Road
Clarklake , MI 49234

Clark Lake County Park This 7-acre park on the beaches of Clark Lake includes grills, picnic area, playground area, swimming area, boat launch, and portable toilets. Located across the street from the famous Beach... » More Information

Park Features
  • Benches
  • Picnic Tables
  • Grills
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fishing Site
  • Lake Swimming Access
  • Boat Launch
  • Portable Toilets
  • Clark Lake County Park

This 7-acre park on the beaches of Clark Lake includes grills, picnic area, playground area, swimming area, boat launch, and portable toilets. Located across the street from the famous Beach Bar and Restaurant

Clark Lake is one of the oldest parks in the county.  It was purchased in 1925 from C.F. York for $4,500.

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Clear Lake County Park

517-788-4320
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Clear Lake Rd
Grass Lake, MI 49240

Clear Lake County Park A five-acre park with picnic shelter, playground, swimming area, historic pump house and portable toilets with 200 feet of shoreline on the beach. Take I-94 to the Clear Lake Rd.... » More Information

Park Features
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Grills
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fishing Site
  • Lake Swimming Access
  • Portable Toilets
  • Clear Lake County Park

A five-acre park with picnic shelter, playground, swimming area, historic pump house and portable toilets with 200 feet of shoreline on the beach. Take I-94 to the Clear Lake Rd. exit.  Head North approximately 2.5 miles and the park is on the east side of the road.

No alcohol is allowed in the park. Swim at your own risk, no lifeguard on duty. Pets allowed on leash only in all Jackson County Parks; pets are not allowed in the picnic, playground or beach areas.

The park was purchased in 1925 from Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Gorton for $3,800

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Dahlem

(517) 782-3453
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7117 S. Jackson Rd.
Jackson, MI 49201

Dahlem Dahlem is a place to experience, study and enjoy nature. With five miles of hiking trails containing forests, fields, marshes and ponds, visitors can enjoy a guided hike or experience... » More Information

Hours

Trail Hours
Dawn to dusk, 7 days per week, including holidays

Guided Nature Hikes
Every Tuesday from 9 am- 11 am

Building Hours
Tuesday - Friday: 9am - 5pm
Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: Noon - 5pm
Monday: Closed 

Meeting Facility Features
  • AV Equipment Available
  • Air Conditioned
  • WiFi Available
  • Multiple Rooms or Facilities
Event Capacity
  • 200
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Dahlem is a place to experience, study and enjoy nature. With five miles of hiking trails containing forests, fields, marshes and ponds, visitors can enjoy a guided hike or experience the natural wonders on their own. A newly resurfaced 3/8 mile trail has been specially redesigned for visitors with limited mobility. 

Dahlem offers year-round educational programs for students and families, including naturalist programs, workshops, and special events. The exhibit area and Nutshell Gift Shop are located within the main visitor building. 

The Nutshell is a great place for outdoor enthusiasts to shop and is an excellent source for nature-related books, clothing, bird-feeding supplies, jewelry and many other items, including fresh wreaths during the holidays. 

Dahlem serves as a natural history education center for kids, but it is also known around the state and country for having one of the largest bluebird trails. Birders can capture the songs of Eastern Bluebirds along this well-maintained trail, as well as the harmonies of other migratory songbirds. The annual festival to celebrate these birds is called the Birds, Blooms, and Butterflies Festival.

Download the Dahlem Center Trail Map 

Venue Capacity

Dutcher Room - 80

Pavilion - 80

Green Space - 125

Group Tour Information

Year round groups of 10 or more are encouraged to take a 90 minute guided nature hike and interactive presentation by a Dahlem Naturalist. Groups will discover seasonal favorites such as dragonflies, bird watching, and butterflies on five miles of well-groomed trails. Meanwhile, limited mobility presentations are also available offered on the paved “Nature for All Trail”. Seated educational presentations are also available in the environmental education space. Groups should plan to spend 1.5 to 2 hours on site.

Groups may also schedule a Dahlem Naturalist to meet the bus at a variety of different birding and wildflower hot spots throughout Jackson county.  

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Ella Sharp Park

(517) 788-4040
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3225 Fourth St.
Jackson, MI 49203

Ella Sharp Park This 563-acre park currently features an eighteen-hole Golf Course & Learning Center, eighteen-hole miniature golf course, four tennis courts, two picnic shelters, rose garden, Carter’s Corner... » More Information

Hours

Park: Daily 5 a.m.- 10 p.m.

Park Features
  • Flower Garden
  • Benches
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Grills
  • Playground Equipment
  • Basketball Courts
  • Baseball/ Softball Fields
  • Tennis Courts
  • Soccer Fields
  • Walking-Biking-Cross Country Skiing Trails
  • Golf Course & Golf Learning Center
  • Mini Golf Course
  • Winter Sledding
  • Fishing Site
  • Modern Restrooms
  • Portable Toilets
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  • Ella Sharp Park

This 563-acre park currently features an eighteen-hole Golf Course & Learning Center, eighteen-hole miniature golf course, four tennis courts, two picnic shelters, rose garden, Carter’s Corner Play Structure, two lighted softball fields, three regular softball fields, ten soccer fields, four baseball fields, one basketball court, playground areas, mountain biking trails, the Ella Sharp Museum, Hurst Planetarium and hosts the annual Hot Air Jubilee.

New in 2016 an 18-hole disc golf course!

Mini-Golf (Putt-Putt)

  • Ella Sharp Park's 18-hole miniaturized golf course holds fun for everyone. The mini-course is open 7 days a week. Please call for seasonal hours at 517-788-4696

Lighted Softball Fields

  • The park includes 2 full service fenced and lighted ball fields. Field #1 has a scorer's building while field #2 has a rain shelter.

Open Field Sports Area

  • The park includes 3 full-size football fields, 3 softball fields, 4 full-size soccer fields which can be used as 8 smaller fields.

Fishing Area

  • The park has a stretch along the banks of the Grand River which is available for fishing. The area is handicapped accessible and is located in the southeast portion of the park.

Paved and Unpaved Walking, Jogging, and Bike Trails

  • The park includes a 1-mile path that connects from Fourth Street with Museum and with the South Jackson Street entrance. In addition, the park also keeps some rough trails that meander through natural preservation areas in both the East and West sides of Fourth Street. These trails are ideal for walking, jogging, and cross-country skiing. The Cascades Cycling Trail Map

Tennis Courts

  • The park upkeeps 4 paved tennis courts on a first come first serve basis.

Basketball Court

  • The park upkeeps one basketball court located at the South Jackson Road entrance.

Playground Equipment

  • Includes Carter's Corner located across from the Ella Sharp Museum

Facility Rental

  • The City of Jackson Recreation Department (517) 788-4040 will reserve either the Ella Sharp Park Rose Garden (near the entrance of Ella Sharp Park) or the Rotunda (across from the Museum) for your wedding. The Ella Sharp Park Carters Corner Picnic Pavilion or the West Picnic Pavilion are also available for rental. See Ella Sharp Museum for their Facility Rentals.

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EpIQ Escapes

(517) 240-1173
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561 Wildwood Ave.
Jackson, MI 49201

EpIQ Escapes Enter a locked room with a group of friends. You have 60 minutes to solve puzzles and find clues that will help you escape before time runs out. EpIQ Escapes: Jackson'... » More Information

Hours

Wed-Fri: 5:00 pm-11:00 pm
Sat: 1:00 pm-11:00 pm
Sun: 12:00 pm-5:00 pm
Or by Appointment

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Enter a locked room with a group of friends. You have 60 minutes to solve puzzles and find clues that will help you escape before time runs out.

EpIQ Escapes: Jackson's first real-life escape room is the first of it's kind in mid-Michigan. Participants will test their wit, problem solving, and teamwork skills by entering a locked room in which they have sixty minutes to escape. This is the premier form of entertainment for gamers, movie buffs, adrenaline junkies, and corporate or academic team leaders. As a group, participants must find clues, and solve a series of
puzzles and riddles to escape before their time runs out!

Escape rooms have been featured in television series like the Science Channel's "Race to Escape", ABC's "The Bachelorette", and CBS's "The Big Bang Theory". Jackson County natives, Savanah Sheets and Shane Stephens, bring EpIQ Escapes to fellow residents offering them a chance to experience a unique form of entertainment. This attraction is great for first dates, bachelorette parties, youth organizations, and couples looking for a new way to spend their Friday nights. Each room has a distinct theme and transports participants into a theatrical alternate reality where they must use logic and detective skills.

Escape rooms have been opening rapidly in major cities across the United States since 2012. Escape game enthusiasts have been known to travel across state lines to experience this "next big thing." This is a great attraction for those who like haunted houses, fantasy, sci-fi, and adventure games, books, or films. Participants have already called EpIQ Escapes' first room "highly addictive". Co-owner, Shane Stephens says, "Jackson deserves this kind of thing. We've already had such positive reactions and support from local area businesses. We are really excited to share what we've been working on!"

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Exchange Club City Park

(517) 788-4040
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300 E. Mansion St
Jackson, MI 49203

On Mansion Street between Merriman and South Milwaukee Streets, this park, sponsored by the Exchange Club of Jackson, features playground equipment, two basketball courts, two tennis courts and one ballfield.

Park Features
  • Playground Equipment
  • Basketball Courts
  • Baseball/ Softball Fields
  • Tennis Courts

On Mansion Street between Merriman and South Milwaukee Streets, this park, sponsored by the Exchange Club of Jackson, features playground equipment, two basketball courts, two tennis courts and one ballfield.

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Falling Waters Trail

(517) 788-4320
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Weatherwax Drive to the Village of Concord

Falling Waters Trail The Falling Waters Trail is a major east-west component of the Jackson County Regional Trail plan, connecting the town of Concord with the city of Jackson. This 10.6-mile asphalt rail-trail... » More Information

Park Features
  • Walking-Biking-Cross Country Skiing Trails
  • Falling Waters Trail

The Falling Waters Trail is a major east-west component of the Jackson County Regional Trail plan, connecting the town of Concord with the city of Jackson. This 10.6-mile asphalt rail-trail follows the old rail bed of the former Michigan Central Railroad and at its northeast terminus the trail carries on as the Martin Luther King Equality Trail formerly known as the Jackson Inter-City Trail from Weatherwax to Morrell Street. The trail has been dedicated as a Jackson County Park.

The trial begins in the Village of Concord. Start your trail ride right with breakfast at nearby Concord Cafe. The trail is mostly rural, with only a few road crossings. It also crosses the Lime Lake County Park (5501 Teft Road) where you can drop a line for fish. Or learn a little bit about Spring Arbor history at the Falling Waters Park at the corner of Hammond and South Cross Road just north of the Trail. There are plenty of places to stop along the way and admire the scenery, have a picnic or take a swim.

To start at the west terminus look for the intersection of River and Main St. in Concord and the northeast terminus will be on Weatherwax Rd. between Kibby and Horton Rd. Parking is available at the Weatherwax and Concord Trailhead as well as at the Lime Lake County Park at about the middle of the trail. Click here for a trail map.

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Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center

(734) 475-3170
Website
17030 Bush Rd.
Chelsea, MI 48118

Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center The Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center, at the Waterloo Recreation Area, introduces visitors to the fascinating world of geology and to the diverse natural habitats that are found today within... » More Information

Hours

Memorial Day- Labor Day:

Mon- Sat 10:00AM- 5:00PM

Sun Noon- 5:00 PM 

April, September, October, November:

Tues- Sat 10:00AM- 5:00PM

Sun Noon- 5:00PM 

January, February, March:

Sat 10:00AM- 5:00PM

Sun Noon-5:00PM 

Closed Thanksgiving through New Years

  • Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center

The Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center, at the Waterloo Recreation Area, introduces visitors to the fascinating world of geology and to the diverse natural habitats that are found today within Waterloo's 20,000-plus acres. It features Michigan rocks, minerals, fossils, crystals, and glacial information. A variety of programs are offered for school groups as well as the general public. See the website for Weekly Nature Program Schedule.

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Gillett’s Lake County Park

(517) 788-4320
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480 Gillett's Lake Rd.
Jackson, MI 49201

Gillett’s Lake County Park This 8-acre park offers a swimming area, historic pump house (restored in 2002), a picnic shelter, grills, a playground and a portable toilet.

Park Features
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Grills
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fishing Site
  • Lake Swimming Access
  • Portable Toilets
  • Gillett’s Lake County Park
  • Gillett’s Lake County Park
  • Gillett’s Lake County Park

This 8-acre park offers a swimming area, historic pump house (restored in 2002), a picnic shelter, grills, a playground and a portable toilet.

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Grand River Arts Walk

(517) 788-4040
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Louis Glick Highway to Monroe Street
Jackson, MI 49201

Grand River Arts Walk Opened in 2010, this one-mile trail follows the Grand River from downtown through the Art District at Art 634 and Armory Arts ending at Monroe Street.

Park Features
  • Walking-Biking-Cross Country Skiing Trails
  • Grand River Arts Walk

Opened in 2010, this one-mile trail follows the Grand River from downtown through the Art District at Art 634 and Armory Arts ending at Monroe Street.

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Grand River Environmental Action Team

(517) 416-4234
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P.O. Box 223
Jackson, MI 49204

Grand River Environmental Action Team The mission of the Grand River Environmental Action Team or GREAT is to promote the protection and preservation of the Grand River Watershed through activities and educational programs. Founded... » More Information

  • Grand River Environmental Action Team

The mission of the Grand River Environmental Action Team or GREAT is to promote the protection and preservation of the Grand River Watershed through activities and educational programs. Founded in 1990, the Grand River Environmental Action Team is a local nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection of and restoration of the Upper Grand River Watershed in Jackson County of south central Michigan. GREAT organizes clean-up activities & monthly public canoe outings to create environmental awareness. You can find their event schedule here.

The Upper Grand River Watershed is Special in Several Ways

  • At 260 miles, the Grand River is the longest river in the State of Michigan and the second largest watershed.
  • The two branches of the Grand River begin at Grand Lake and Center Lake Chain (natural beginnings) in Jackson County and join east of Jackson dropping 467 feet to Grand Haven on Lake Michigan.
  • Headwaters of the Kalamazoo, St. Joseph, and Raisin Rivers are also close. They all flow west to Lake Michigan, except the Raisin which flows east to Lake Erie.
  • Jackson County sits on one of the largest aquifers in North America.
  • There are over 200 miles of river waterways to paddle and hundreds of small lakes.
  • Some of the largest remaining wetlands in lower Michigan are located in this watershed.
  • The potential in this area for river and lake recreation is enormous.

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Grass Lake County Park

(517) 788-4320
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400 N Lake Road
Grass Lake, MI 49240

This 9 acre park has picnic areas, grills, a shelter, playground area, modern restrooms, a boat launch and a swimming area.

Park Features
  • Benches
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Grills
  • Playground Equipment
  • Tennis Courts
  • Fishing Site
  • Lake Swimming Access
  • Boat Launch
  • Modern Restrooms

This 9 acre park has picnic areas, grills, a shelter, playground area, modern restrooms, a boat launch and a swimming area.

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Haehnle Memorial Sanctuary

517-580-7364
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9066 Seymour Rd
Grass Lake, MI 49240

Haehnle Memorial Sanctuary The Phyllis Haehnle Memorial Sanctuary is well-known as THE staging area for Sandhill Cranes. Every autumn, thousands of these birds gather here in preparation for their southern migration. The 963-acre... » More Information

Hours

Open year round from dawn to dusk.

  • Haehnle Memorial Sanctuary

The Phyllis Haehnle Memorial Sanctuary is well-known as THE staging area for Sandhill Cranes. Every autumn, thousands of these birds gather here in preparation for their southern migration. The 963-acre Michigan Audubon Society sanctuary has a variety of habitats, making it possible to see over 200 species of birds and plants, including the Rough-legged Hawk and the Northern Shrike during the winter months. 

The Sanctuary is open to visitors year-round, and during the fall on weekends, sanctuary greeters may be available to answer questions. You can also see many Cranes feeding in the fields in the area in the spring and summer, but especially the fall (September to mid-November). Late afternoon visitors during that time of year can see well over 2,000 Sandhill Cranes landing in the sanctuary during that time. We have even been fortunate to have an elusive Whooping Crane visit the sanctuary as well.

The Jackson Audubon Society is the steward of this sanctuary. They ask that you please stay on trails or the observation areas and treat the land, plants and wildlife with respect.

The Phyllis Haehnle Sanctuary is located 6 miles northeast of Jackson, Michigan on Seymour Road. For GPS, you can use the coordinates of 42.322, -84.289. 

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Hayes State Park

(517) 467-7401
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1220 Wamplers Lake Road
Onsted, MI 49265

Hayes State Park Hayes State Park, in the heart of the Irish Hills, is located on Wamplers Lake and Round Lake great for fishing and boating. The park's close proximity to Michigan... » More Information

Park Features
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Playground Equipment
  • Walking-Biking-Cross Country Skiing Trails
  • Fishing Site
  • Lake Swimming Access
  • Boat Launch
  • Modern Restrooms
  • Hayes State Park

Hayes State Park, in the heart of the Irish Hills, is located on Wamplers Lake and Round Lake great for fishing and boating. The park's close proximity to Michigan International Speedway, crafts and antique shows and Hidden Lake Gardens make Hayes State Park a prime tourist destination. This park also includes a modern campsite with mini cabins available. 

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Horse N Around Stables

(734) 637-4457
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12891 Trist Rd.
Grass Lake, MI 49240

Horse N Around Stables Horse N Around Stables is excited to offer horseback trail riding this summer for the third year at Waterloo Recreation Area.  Just a short drive from Jackson, Horse N... » More Information

Hours

Friday and Saturday
10 am - 6 pm

Sunday 10am - 5pm

May 1st - Nov. 2nd

  • Horse N Around Stables

Horse N Around Stables is excited to offer horseback trail riding this summer for the third year at Waterloo Recreation Area.  Just a short drive from Jackson, Horse N Around Stables is open Friday through Sunday and all holiday Mondays (Memorial Day, Fourth of July & Labor Day). 

Come spend an hour with them on these beautiful trails in one of Michigan's greatest forests. They offer 1 hour and 1/2 hour Horseback Trail Rides through one of Michigan's most beautiful natural wonders.  They are only 5 minutes from I-94 between Jackson and Ann Arbor.

They offer trail rides from the smallest groups to very large.  In fact, they offer discounts on groups of 7 or more. Our riding trail in Waterloo starts and finishes in the shade!  No worries about the extreme heat here, the forest is always 13 degrees cooler with very little direct sunlight! Please consider our stables for one of your summer adventures.  We accommodate riders age 6 to 106 and from no experience to the most advanced.

Waterloo Stables: 12891 Trist Road, Grass Lake, 49240

Pinckney Stables: 5833 Spears Rd, Pinckney MI, 48169

Please call (734) 637-4457 or email Sherri for reservations.

New This Year Themed Rides:

  • Swanky Singles Saddle Up
  • Kids Korral
  • Nature Rides
  • Historical Rides
  • Sunday Service Saddle Up
  • Moonlight Rides
  • River Picnic Rides
  • Halloween Rides
  • Fall Color Tour

State Vehicle Registration and Recreation Passport is Required.

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Horton Mill Pond Snyder County Park

(517) 788-4320
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Mechanic and 3rd St.
Horton, MI 49246

Horton Mill Pond Snyder County Park Off of Moscow Road, this 5-acre park includes a picnic shelter, playground area, pond for fishing, a gazebo, dam and portable toilets. The gazebo was donated to the park in 1990... » More Information

Park Features
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Grills
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fishing Site
  • Portable Toilets
  • Horton Mill Pond Snyder County Park

Off of Moscow Road, this 5-acre park includes a picnic shelter, playground area, pond for fishing, a gazebo, dam and portable toilets.

The gazebo was donated to the park in 1990 by the Cascades Lions Club.  The gazebo is in memory of Robert E. Green, who was the longtime caretaker of the park.  The gazebo is located on the northern part of the park.

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Indian Brook Trout Farm

(734) 368-0613
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5883 W. Michigan Ave.
Jackson, MI 49201

Indian Brook Trout Farm Kids of all ages love to visit Indian Brook Farms. What an opportunity for adults and kids of all ages to experience a fun filled environment that also educates kids... » More Information

Hours

After Labor Day through the end of October
Monday - Friday 10 am - 5 pm
Saturday & Sunday 9 am - 6 pm

  • Indian Brook Trout Farm

Kids of all ages love to visit Indian Brook Farms. What an opportunity for adults and kids of all ages to experience a fun filled environment that also educates kids about aquaculture with the trout pond and agriculture with the pumpkin patch.

As you arrive at Indian Brook Farms you will see a trout pond, gift shop, snack bar and a huge display of pumpkins in the fall. A free wagon ride takes kids and adults through 120 acres of agricultural experiences including wetlands, vegetable and flower gardening, natural untouched plant growth and one of the biggest pumpkin patches around.

Kids learn about aquaculture by seeing how fish are hatched and nurtured through the stages of growth to full sized trout at the Indian Brook Farms spring fed fish hatchery. They can feed the fish and also fish for full sized trout at the Fishing Pond. Before and after the wagon ride kids can visit the fish ponds, gift shop and snack bar which features freshly  baked donuts as well as other snacks and drinks.

Group Tour Information

For a unique school trip, company outing, family reunion, birthday party or motor coach tour Indian Brook Farms is the place to go. Groups of 30 or more are encouraged to book a 3 hour visit consisting of a trout pound and pumpkin patch tour wagon ride, hatchery visit, educational talk and lunch. 

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Kate Palmer Sanctuary

(517) 641-4277
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O' Brien Road and McCain Rd
Jackson, MI 49201

A small oasis in an increasingly urban landscape, the 53-acre Kate Palmer Sanctuary is located amid a patchwork of suburbs. The sanctuary is known as one of the richest woodlands... » More Information

A small oasis in an increasingly urban landscape, the 53-acre Kate Palmer Sanctuary is located amid a patchwork of suburbs. The sanctuary is known as one of the richest woodlands in Jackson County for spring wildlowers. The sanctuary also includes two champion sized trees.  Migrating songbirds are also present in the spring. Social trails exist.

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Knutson’s Sporting Goods

(517) 592-2786
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164 Wamplers Lake Rd.
Brooklyn, MI 49230

Knutson’s Sporting Goods Knutson's Sporting Goods is a 12,000 square foot store devoted to the outdoors. Whether it be fishing, hunting, camping or lake lifestyle, this store has everything you need. Think of... » More Information

Hours

Mon - Sat: 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sun: 7:00 am - 6:00 pm

  • Knutson’s Sporting Goods
  • Knutson’s Sporting Goods
  • Knutson’s Sporting Goods
  • Knutson’s Sporting Goods
  • Knutson’s Sporting Goods

Knutson's Sporting Goods is a 12,000 square foot store devoted to the outdoors. Whether it be fishing, hunting, camping or lake lifestyle, this store has everything you need. Think of Knutson's as your Outdoor Convenience Store and Your Waterfowl Hunting Headquarters.

This Paul Bunyan statue originally stood in front of Stagecoach Stop USA in Onsted. The amusement park operated from 1964-2008 and had a Western 1800s theme. In 2011, the statue was sold and moved to Knutson's Sporting Goods in Brooklyn, MI.

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Lime Lake County Park

(517) 788-4320
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5501 Teft Rd.
Spring Arbor, MI 49237

Lime Lake County Park Lime Lake is a 2-acre park and a 96-acre lake. This all-sport lake, at its deepest point is 27 feet deep.A 2-acre park including a boat launch, a swimming... » More Information

Park Features
  • Benches
  • Picnic Tables
  • Grills
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fishing Site
  • Lake Swimming Access
  • Boat Launch
  • Portable Toilets
  • Lime Lake County Park

Lime Lake is a 2-acre park and a 96-acre lake. This all-sport lake, at its deepest point is 27 feet deep.A 2-acre park including a boat launch, a swimming area, playground equipment and portable toilets.The Falling Waters Trail runs right through the park. 

The lake was created by the quarrying of Marl, a calcium carbonate or lime-rich mud used to make concrete. The operation, which ceased in 1929, left behind bizarre underwater mountains, pillars, and spires and has become a popular diving spot. Even beginner divers can experience this scene as the depth of the lake is less than 30 feet. The Falling Waters Trail provides access to the dive site for certified divers only. There is a distinct drop off on the trail side of the lake. Anglers can expect to catch a variety of fish including black crappie, bluegill, largemouth bass, rock bass, sunfish and yellow perch. 

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Lions Club City Park

(517) 788-4040
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1025 N. Blackstone St.
Jackson, MI 49202

On the corner of Blackstone & Adams Streets, this park features one lighted softball field, one regular softball field, one tennis court, playground equipment, a picnic shelter and two basketball... » More Information

Park Features
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Playground Equipment
  • Basketball Courts
  • Baseball/ Softball Fields
  • Tennis Courts
  • Walking-Biking-Cross Country Skiing Trails
  • Portable Toilets

On the corner of Blackstone & Adams Streets, this park features one lighted softball field, one regular softball field, one tennis court, playground equipment, a picnic shelter and two basketball courts. The Grand River Arts Walk passes through the park here, which runs from Monroe Street to Louis Glick Highway. 

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Little Wolf Lake County Park

(517) 788-4320
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Wolf Lake Rd.
Napoleon, MI 49261

This 9-acre park offers a swimming area with a grassy beach, play equipment, picnic shelter with a grill and restrooms. In 1925, the county bought the property from Mr. and... » More Information

Park Features
  • Benches
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Grills
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fishing Site
  • Lake Swimming Access
  • Portable Toilets

This 9-acre park offers a swimming area with a grassy beach, play equipment, picnic shelter with a grill and restrooms.

In 1925, the county bought the property from Mr. and Mrs. George Pray Ottley of Ann Arbor with the mindset of preserving public access to area lakes.

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Loomis City Park & Boos Recreation Center

(517) 788-4064
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210 Gilbert St.
Jackson, MI 49201

Loomis City Park & Boos Recreation Center Located north of E. Michigan Ave between Edgewood & Gilbert Streets, Loomis City Park features the Boos Recreation Center, two outdoor basketball courts, two outdoor tennis courts, picnic shelter with... » More Information

Park Features
  • Flower Garden
  • Benches
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Grills
  • Community Center
  • Playground Equipment
  • Basketball Courts
  • Baseball/ Softball Fields
  • Tennis Courts
  • Winter Sledding
  • Modern Restrooms
  • Portable Toilets
  • Loomis City Park & Boos Recreation Center

Located north of E. Michigan Ave between Edgewood & Gilbert Streets, Loomis City Park features the Boos Recreation Center, two outdoor basketball courts, two outdoor tennis courts, picnic shelter with grills and the community built wooden play structure. The recreation center hosts a variety of classes, events and workshops year-round. Programs involve every age group from early childhood to 50+ and include everything from yoga and arts & crafts to gymnastics and toddler classes.

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MacCready Reserve

(269) 731-4597
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9243 Skiff Lake Rd
Clarklake, MI 49234

MacCready Reserve The MacCready Reserve is a 408-acre property that is designated for education, research and outreach programs in wildlife and forestry management. The lush environment includes 6.5 miles of trails, rolling terrain,... » More Information

Hours

Daily, Dawn-Dusk

Park Features
  • Picnic Tables
  • Walking-Biking-Cross Country Skiing Trails
  • Modern Restrooms
  • MacCready Reserve

The MacCready Reserve is a 408-acre property that is designated for education, research and outreach programs in wildlife and forestry management. The lush environment includes 6.5 miles of trails, rolling terrain, towering hardwoods, natural springs and colorful wildflowers, creating a diverse habitat for numerous species of birds. This park is also dog-friendly. (Must remain on a leash at all times)

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Martin Luther King Equality Trail formerly the Inter-City Trail

(517) 788-4040
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Weatherwax Dr. to Morrell St.

Martin Luther King Equality Trail formerly the Inter-City Trail The arrow-straight formerly known as the Jackson Intercity Trail follows the old rail bed of the former Michigan Central Railroad for 3.4 miles through the southwest section of Jackson. The trail... » More Information

Park Features
  • Walking-Biking-Cross Country Skiing Trails
  • Martin Luther King Equality Trail formerly the Inter-City Trail

The arrow-straight formerly known as the Jackson Intercity Trail follows the old rail bed of the former Michigan Central Railroad for 3.4 miles through the southwest section of Jackson. The trail provides a nice non-motorized way for area residents to commute to shops and work, as well as for recreation. For those wanting to venture farther afield, the Martin Luther King Equality Trail turns into the Falling Waters Trail at Weatherwax Drive, which carries on southwest 10.6 miles to the town of Concord.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center

(517) 788-4067
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1107 Adrian St.
Jackson, MI 49203

Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center On the corner Adrian and Mitchell Streets, the Howard Charles Woods Recreational Complex & Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center features community-built playground equipment, a picnic shelter, two outdoor basketball... » More Information

Park Features
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Community Center
  • Playground Equipment
  • Basketball Courts
  • Baseball/ Softball Fields
  • Tennis Courts
  • Walking-Biking-Cross Country Skiing Trails
  • Modern Restrooms
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center

On the corner Adrian and Mitchell Streets, the Howard Charles Woods Recreational Complex & Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center features community-built playground equipment, a picnic shelter, two outdoor basketball courts, a tennis court, and two ballfields. The Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center is a full-service community center operated by the City of Jackson Recreation Department. The center provides a safe and supervised place where families can recreate and participate in community programs.

The King Center offers a continuing program of activities for adults and children, including a wide range of classes, lectures, study tours, camps, art exhibits, and special community events. Center facilities include a full gymnasium with a rubberized surface for safety, The Flamingo Brown Lounge, the Comcast Multimedia Lab with computers and internet access, the Tony Dungy Meeting lounge, and a small commercial kitchen. Center facilities, including the outdoor picnic pavilion, indoor gym, and kitchen, may be rented for private functions such as business conferences, receptions, parties, and recitals.

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Michigan Theatre

(517) 783-0962
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124 N. Mechanic St.
Jackson, MI 49201

Michigan Theatre The Michigan Theatre was the last and largest theater to be built in downtown Jackson, opening in 1930. Now a nonprofit organization, the Michigan Theatre of Jackson Inc., is working to... » More Information

Hours

Group tours of the Michigan Theatre are available by appointment please email Steve Tucker to schedule a tour. 

Meeting Facility Features
  • On-site Catering Available
  • AV Equipment Available
  • Air Conditioned
  • Alcohol Permitted
  • Bartending Services Available On-Site
  • WiFi Available
  • Multiple Rooms or Facilities
Event Capacity
  • 1400
  • Michigan Theatre

The Michigan Theatre was the last and largest theater to be built in downtown Jackson, opening in 1930. Now a nonprofit organization, the Michigan Theatre of Jackson Inc., is working to restore the theater to its original luster. It was originally built in Spanish Renaissance style with an ornate polychrome terra-cotta façade, carved walnut furniture, plush carpeting, heavy damask draperies, and stained-glass light fixtures. The Michigan Theatre is considered one of the most splendid theaters in the state. Their mission is to provide today's entertainment in an incredible historic venue. Events include kids movies, classic films, live theater and concerts.

The Theatre won a Preservation Gem Award from Michigan Architectural Foundation in 2012. The award is presented to an outstanding preservation project that includes restoration or rehabilitation of an element of a building, or of a structure or an object. It was awarded to the Michigan Theatre of Jackson for the Cupola Restoration. The cupola above the Mechanic Street Façade of the 1930 Michigan Theatre of Jackson was meticulously restored as part of a 20-plus year effort to rehabilitate the theatre.

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Minard Mills County Park

(517) 788-4320
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8975 Springport Rd.
Parma, MI 49269

Minard Mills County Park A beautiful 5 acre park with beautifully landscaped gardens, parks nursery, picnic tables, picnic shelter, grills, a ball diamond, playground area, and modern restrooms.

Park Features
  • Flower Garden
  • Benches
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Grills
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fishing Site
  • Modern Restrooms
  • Minard Mills County Park

A beautiful 5 acre park with beautifully landscaped gardens, parks nursery, picnic tables, picnic shelter, grills, a ball diamond, playground area, and modern restrooms.

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Nixon Water Park and Skate Park

(517) 788-4068
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400 E. North St.
Jackson, MI 49202

Nixon Water Park and Skate Park This park contains a waterpark, featuring a zero-depth pool and water slides, a skateboard park and full-size inline hockey rink as well as four softball fields, playground equipment and a... » More Information

Hours

Nixon Water Park Summer Schedule

Pool open June 20 through August 20

Monday thru Thursday 
11:00am - 2:00pm - $4 per person 
2:15pm - 5:15pm - $4 per person 
5:30pm - 7:00pm - $2 per person 

Friday and Saturday 
11:00am - 2:00pm - $4 per person 
2:15pm - 5:15pm - $4 per person

Skate Park Summer Schedule

June 20 to August 20

Monday thru Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Friday and Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

Park Features
  • Benches
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Grills
  • Playground Equipment
  • Baseball/ Softball Fields
  • Swimming Pool
  • Modern Restrooms
  • Portable Toilets
  • Nixon Water Park and Skate Park
  • Nixon Water Park and Skate Park
  • Nixon Water Park and Skate Park
  • Nixon Water Park and Skate Park
  • Nixon Water Park and Skate Park
  • Nixon Water Park and Skate Park

This park contains a waterpark, featuring a zero-depth pool and water slides, a skateboard park and full-size inline hockey rink as well as four softball fields, playground equipment and a picnic shelter.

Birthday Party Room Rental 2016

June 20 thru August 20

$30 Rental Fee

Rent the Party Room at Nixon Water Park for 3 hours for your next birthday! You must have a minimum of 8 and maximum of 20 people. You are welcome to bring in your own food, drink, cake and ice cream.

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On Two Wheels

(517) 789-6077
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550 Laurence Ave.
Jackson, MI 49202

On Two Wheels On 2 Wheels opened in 1989 with the mission of providing quality bicycles to the population of Jackson County. We are dedicated to the cycling lifestyle and have years of experience outfitting... » More Information

Hours

Monday thru Friday: 10 AM to 6 PM
Saturday: 10 AM to 5 PM

  • On Two Wheels

On 2 Wheels opened in 1989 with the mission of providing quality bicycles to the population of Jackson County.
We are dedicated to the cycling lifestyle and have years of experience outfitting and educating our customers to meet their individual needs.
Over the years, we have been involved in efforts to open the Falling Waters Trail and the Michigan Youth Cycling Program. We have also actively supported our local Cascades Cycling Club. Those who know us can attest to our level of professionalism and dedication to our sport.

On Two Wheels is a full-service bicycle store. Bring in any bike, in any condition, and we will repair and care for it like it is our own. For more information on our services, classes and weekly bike rides for all experience levels, please visit our Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/otwjackson

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Optimist Club City Park

(517) 788-4040
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933 N. West Ave.
Jackson, MI 49202

Near Jackson Crossing Shopping Center, this park features a softball field, a basketball court, and playground equipment. To get to the parking lot go east on North Street, North on... » More Information

Park Features
  • Picnic Tables
  • Playground Equipment
  • Basketball Courts
  • Baseball/ Softball Fields

Near Jackson Crossing Shopping Center, this park features a softball field, a basketball court, and playground equipment. To get to the parking lot go east on North Street, North on Lansing Ave, veer left on Clinton Road, the parking lot is off of Clinton Road. 

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Optimist Ice Arena

(517) 783-2664
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1300 W. North St.
Jackson, MI 49202

Optimist Ice Arena Optimist Ice Arena features two rinks, concessions, skate rental and skate sharpening. The arena provides open ice skating, figure-skating lessons, drop-in hockey and hosts many hockey tournaments. Banquet hall rental... » More Information

Hours

Daily Public Skating, 
Drop-In Hockey,
Stick & Puck &
Drop-In Figure Skating
available call or visit the website for times.

  • Optimist Ice Arena

Optimist Ice Arena features two rinks, concessions, skate rental and skate sharpening. The arena provides open ice skating, figure-skating lessons, drop-in hockey and hosts many hockey tournaments.

Banquet hall rental is available May, June, July, and August. Great for Weddings, Reunions, Family parties, and Graduations. Call today to reserve your 2016 date.

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ORS Fieldhouse

(517) 768-2255
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3055 Shirley Dr.
Jackson, MI 49201

ORS Fieldhouse ORS Fieldhouse is a subsidiary of Orthopaedic Rehab Specialists (ORS) located in Jackson, Michigan, formerly the Rando Activity Center (RAC). We have a highly educated staff of Certified Athletic Trainers ... » More Information

Hours

Appointment Hours

Monday - Thursday : 1pm - 8pm
Friday : 1pm - 7pm
Saturday : 10am - 2pm

Event Capacity
  • 800
  • ORS Fieldhouse

ORS Fieldhouse is a subsidiary of Orthopaedic Rehab Specialists (ORS) located in Jackson, Michigan, formerly the Rando Activity Center (RAC). We have a highly educated staff of Certified Athletic Trainers (ATCs), Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists (CSCS), and a Certified Massage Therapist (CMT).

Using the Total Performance Training Center techniques, we provide a variety of services including strength and conditioning, performance training, nutrition, massage therapy, and access to physical therapy with our partner Orthopaedic Rehab Specialists. Follow Total Performance Training Center on Facebook and Twitter @TPTCJackson

We specialize in developing strength, speed, agility, and power programs for teams and individual athletes in the Jackson area. We can provide service to a single individual at our performance training center or we can travel out to your high school to train an entire team. 

Sports Facility Rental 

The gym offers 16,000 square feet of clear space for a variety of activities.  The facility is ideal for basketball, volleyball, soccer, indoor baseball, softball or tennis clinics, tournaments, camps, martial arts and more. Three full size basketball courts, three full size volleyball courts, aerobic and martial arts area, fitness center with free weights, cardio equipment, workout machines, and locker rooms with showers available. 

BANQUETS, DANCES & WEDDING RECEPTIONS

The ORS Fieldhouse is available for banquets, dances, reunions, wedding receptions, birthday parties and holiday parties.  The Fieldhouse has 16,000 square feet of floor space and can accommodate groups of up to 800 people.  The Fieldhouse also can accommodate smaller groups by partitioning off areas. The Fieldhouse has a food court and kitchen area that caterers may serve from.  All caterers must be licensed.

Contact: Facility Manager, Michael Kuhl. Events and reserved time can be scheduled by calling 517-768-2255 extension 1

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Pleasant Lake County Park & Campground

(517) 769-6401
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4401 Styles Road,
Pleasant Lake, MI 49272

Pleasant Lake County Park & Campground This 22-acre park has 60 modern campsites with water and electricity at every site, plus hot showers, modern restrooms, a sanitary dump station and water tower. Also available is a swimming... » More Information

Park Features
  • Benches
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Grills
  • Playground Equipment
  • Basketball Courts
  • Walking-Biking-Cross Country Skiing Trails
  • Fishing Site
  • Lake Swimming Access
  • Modern Restrooms
  • Pleasant Lake County Park & Campground
  • Pleasant Lake County Park & Campground

This 22-acre park has 60 modern campsites with water and electricity at every site, plus hot showers, modern restrooms, a sanitary dump station and water tower. Also available is a swimming area, biking area, fishing, a playground area, picnic areas and three shelters (by reservation). Hankerd Hills, an 18-hole golf course is nearby within 1/2 mile. Pets in the campground on leash only! Weekly and monthly rates.

Drug & Concealed Weapons Free Park

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Portage Lake County Park

(734) 475-8307
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Portage Lake Rd.
Pleasant Lake, MI 49272

Portage Lake County Park Picnic area, grills, playground and swimming area, boat launch, a historic pump house and portable toilets are available at this 6 acre park. Directions: Take I-94 east to exit 147 to Race... » More Information

Park Features
  • Benches
  • Picnic Tables
  • Grills
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fishing Site
  • Lake Swimming Access
  • Boat Launch
  • Portable Toilets
  • Portage Lake County Park
  • Portage Lake County Park

Picnic area, grills, playground and swimming area, boat launch, a historic pump house and portable toilets are available at this 6 acre park.

Directions:

Take I-94 east to exit 147 to Race Rd.  Turn left (North) on Race Rd. Turn right (East) on Seymour Rd.  Turn left (North) on Portage Lake Rd.

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Quiet World Sports

(517) 879-8981
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Vandercook Lake County Park
1000 Parkway
Jackson, MI 49203

Quiet World Sports Are you having your share of fun? In our increasingly complex world the answer is typically “of course not!” It’s getting more and more difficult to... » More Information

Hours

Starting Mid April, Sat & Sun 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Memorial Day to Labor Day 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Seven days a week

After Labor Day, Sat & Sun 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Pending weather conditions, please call ahead.

  • Quiet World Sports

Are you having your share of fun? In our increasingly complex world the answer is typically “of course not!” It’s getting more and more difficult to unplug-unwind and fall back into natural rhythms to rejuvenate ourselves. That is why we paddle kayaks. Once we’ve left the launch site, within a few short minutes, we’ve reconnected back through time to a world of utter simplicity. There’s just us, our kayaks and paddles, and the always-changing waters. And before we know it, we’re getting our gentle, relaxing exercise while adding precious FUN back into our lives.

We paddle the Grand River, Vandercook Lake, Browns Lake, Williams Lake & Cove Lake. We offer rentals at Vandercook Lake and lessons and tours at all locations. We offer Sit-In, Tandem and Sit-On-Top Kayaks as well as Stand-up Paddleboards. 

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Rotary Club City Park

(517) 788-4040
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1413 Deyo St.
Jackson, MI 49203

Located on Deyo Street between Summit and Elm Avenue, this park features playground equipment, a tennis court, a basketball court, and a ballfield.

Park Features
  • Playground Equipment
  • Basketball Courts
  • Tennis Courts

Located on Deyo Street between Summit and Elm Avenue, this park features playground equipment, a tennis court, a basketball court, and a ballfield.

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Round Lake County Park

(517) 788-4320
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Round Lake Rd.
Horton, MI 49246

Round Lake County Park On this 2.5 acre park you will find grills, picnic area, boat launch, playground area, portable toilets, and a flowing Artesian well for filling your water jugs.

Park Features
  • Benches
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Grills
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fishing Site
  • Lake Swimming Access
  • Boat Launch
  • Portable Toilets
  • Round Lake County Park

On this 2.5 acre park you will find grills, picnic area, boat launch, playground area, portable toilets, and a flowing Artesian well for filling your water jugs.

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Schupbach’s Sporting Goods

(517) 782-8418
Website
141 W Pearl St.
Jackson, MI 49201

Schupbach’s Sporting Goods Stop in to get all your hunting equipment! A family owned sporting goods store that has over 1500 firearms, over 600 bows and over 300 crossbows in stock. Archery leagues are offered... » More Information

Hours

Now Open 7 days a week

Hours

Mon-Tues 9am-8pm
Wed 9am-6pm
Thu-Fri 9am-8pm
Sat 9am-5pm
Sun Closed

  • Schupbach’s Sporting Goods

Stop in to get all your hunting equipment! A family owned sporting goods store that has over 1500 firearms, over 600 bows and over 300 crossbows in stock.

Archery leagues are offered for adults and youths. These leagues start in January and run through April and are offered in several different categories. Schupach's offers a 3-D league, Spot league, a Wednesday AM league for second shift workers and three Saturday kids leagues.

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Sparks Park & The Cascades

(517) 788-4320
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1400 S. Brown St.
Jackson, MI 49203

Sparks Park & The Cascades Sparks Park & The Cascades a.k.a. Cascades Park & Cascade Falls The best-known attraction of this 457-acre park is The Cascades, a man-made, illuminated waterfall with musical accompaniment... » More Information

Hours

2016 The Cascades Schedule

The Cascades will be open for a light show from 8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. on these dates:

  • Nightly May 28 - September 5
  • September 10 & 11
  • September 17 & 18

All dates are weather permitting.

Park Features
  • Flower Garden
  • Fountain
  • Benches
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Grills
  • Playground Equipment
  • Basketball Courts
  • Baseball/ Softball Fields
  • Walking-Biking-Cross Country Skiing Trails
  • Golf Course & Golf Learning Center
  • Winter Sledding
  • Fishing Site
  • Modern Restrooms
  • Portable Toilets
  • Sparks Park & The Cascades

Sparks Park & The Cascades a.k.a.
Cascades Park &
Cascade Falls

The best-known attraction of this 457-acre park is The Cascades, a man-made, illuminated waterfall with musical accompaniment enjoyed by all since 1932. Some prefer to watch the dancing lights and listen to the beautiful music from comfortable seats while the most energetic climb to the top of the 500-foot hill alongside the six giant fountains while dodging the spraying water. 

The falls are illuminated every night in season, 8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. with an admission charge. Children 10 years and under are free with paid adult. Call for special group rates. 

The park, also known as the Sparks Foundation County Park, features the Cascades 18-hole Championship Golf Course, Cascades Short Course and driving range.  Other features of this park, operated by the Jackson County Parks Department,  include an outdoor basketball court, baseball and softball fields, a very popular walking path, playground area, and a picnic shelter.  

The Cascades Park is also the home of many special events such as the midwest's largest Cascades Civil War Muster weekly summer Family Fun Nights, and spectacular fireworks shows every year. Don't forget to stop by the Cascades Ice Cream Co, featuring "Frozen Dome Malts", open March through September.

Click here to download and print the 2016 Fireworks and Family Fun Night schedule of events. 

Click here to download and print the 2016 Cascades Rotary Community Bandshell Summer Concert Series schedule of events. 

The Sparks Park newest feature is the urban fishery. The fishery was first stocked with 500 Blue Gill and 100 Large Mouth Bass. The urban fishery was completed in June 2012. The area includes a fishing pier, walking path, informative signs and a large picnic gazebo.

Group Tour Information

Groups are encouraged to contact the Jackson County Parks Department at 517-788-4320 for a special behind the scenes tour and pricing information. Guided historic tours of this man-made illuminated waterfall usually last about a half hour and take place before evening light shows in the summer.  Groups should plan to spend 1.5 to 2 hours on site.

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Suburban Lanes Bowling & Restaurant

(517) 764-3200
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3801 Ann Arbor Rd.
Jackson, MI 49202

Suburban Lanes Bowling & Restaurant We offer the finest in league and family bowling. Our 12 lane bowling alley was recently renovated. We feature a pro shop, restaurant and bar (dining & take out), Club Keno... » More Information

Hours

Grill Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday: Noon to 7 p.m.

Closed May 1st through August 15th.

Meeting Facility Features
  • On-site Catering Available
  • Air Conditioned
  • Bartending Services Available On-Site
  • Multiple Rooms or Facilities
Event Capacity
  • 100
  • Suburban Lanes Bowling & Restaurant
  • Suburban Lanes Bowling & Restaurant
  • Suburban Lanes Bowling & Restaurant

We offer the finest in league and family bowling. Our 12 lane bowling alley was recently renovated. We feature a pro shop, restaurant and bar (dining & take out), Club Keno and Pull Tabs, banquet facility, game room with pool table, video and arcade, darts, big screen TV, wireless Internet, family activities, and of course, the area's best bowling shot. Banquet capacity up to 80 people.

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Sunrize Safaris

800-343-HUNT ext. 16
Website | Facebook
Jackson , MI 49202

Ted Nugent lives the intense American Dream, pursuing excellence in everything he does. Through Sunrize Safaris, he has achieved this in the world of hunting, providing the best quality hunting... » More Information

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Paul Wilson

Ted Nugent lives the intense American Dream, pursuing excellence in everything he does. Through Sunrize Safaris, he has achieved this in the world of hunting, providing the best quality hunting experiences for real hunters and their families. Sunrize Safaris offers dream hunts in the USA, Canada and Africa with the best outfitters in the business. We also offer hunts on some of our own properties and several hunts with Ted each year. You will come away from a Ted Nugent Sunrize Safaris hunt with memories that last a lifetime. Come experience the kind of hunts you see on Ted Nugent Spirit of the Wild TV. You will be moved!!

To book a Safari, contact Paul Wilson at 

Paul@tednugent.com

800-343-HUNT ext. 16

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Swain’s Lake County Park & Campground

(517) 768-2901
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7400 Pulaski Road
Concord, MI 49237

Swain’s Lake County Park & Campground 56 modern campsites are available with water and electricity & there are 6 rustic campsites at this beautiful 26-acre park, along with hot showers, restrooms, sanitary dump station, and water tower. Other... » More Information

Park Features
  • Benches
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Grills
  • Playground Equipment
  • Baseball/ Softball Fields
  • Walking-Biking-Cross Country Skiing Trails
  • Fishing Site
  • Lake Swimming Access
  • Boat Launch
  • Modern Restrooms
  • Swain’s Lake County Park & Campground

56 modern campsites are available with water and electricity & there are 6 rustic campsites at this beautiful 26-acre park, along with hot showers, restrooms, sanitary dump station, and water tower. Other features include a boat launch, picnic areas and the 3 shelters (by reservation), playgrounds, sandbox, horseshoe pits, basketball court, swimming area, hiking, biking, fishing, volleyball area, softball diamond, and nature trails. An 18-hole golf course is located across the street. Pets in the campground on leash only! Weekly and Monthly rates available.  For pre-season reservations,1st Monday in February until the Friday before Memorial Day, please call (517) 768-2901.

Drug & Concealed Weapons Free Park 

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The Buffalo Ranch

(517) 563-8249
Website
12770 Rountree Rd
Hanover, MI 49241

The Buffalo Ranch This farm features some of the best horseback riding in the county, as well as covered wagon rides, buffalo feeding, a zip line and a picnic area with a pavilion.... » More Information

Hours

Spring - Summer - Fall
Tuesday - Sunday 9:00AM-5:00PM
Closed on Mondays

  • The Buffalo Ranch

This farm features some of the best horseback riding in the county, as well as covered wagon rides, buffalo feeding, a zip line and a picnic area with a pavilion. Riding lessons are available.

We offer that "Out West" feeling right here in Southern Michigan. The Buffalo Ranch is perfect for company outings, field trips, birthdays, get-togethers, reunions, and more.

The place started in 1973 with 25 acres. The first two buffalo were purchased in 1979. In 1995 horseback riding and a zip line were added to the ranch. The Daniels family purchased the ranch in November of 2007.  Today, The Buffalo Ranch has approximately 25 head of buffalo and 240 acres of land. We offer wagon rides to feed the buffalo and guided horseback rides through our scenic trails. Our horses range from very gentle for those new to riding to spirited horses for the seasoned rider.  You have 240 acres with trails to ride on.  We have helmets for those that want them.

Group Tour Information

Groups of 7 or more are encourage to schedule an hour long covered wagon ride to feed the buffalo and go through the world on a zip line. Horse back riding lessons and trail rides are also offered for groups of adults and children (aged 6 years old and older) while children under the age of 6 may ride a guided horse. Groups may have access to the covered picnic area to enjoy either a prepared or brown bag lunch. Group visits usually last between 1.5 and 3 hours.

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Twin Pines Campground and Livery

(517) 524-6298
Website
9800 Wheeler Rd.
Hanover, MI 49241

Twin Pines Campground and Livery This family owned campground and canoe livery has 89 sites shaded with large oak trees, modern bathrooms, playground and large front yard. The canoe livery offers 1 hour, 3 hour and 5 hour trips... » More Information

Hours

 Open May thru October.

  • Twin Pines Campground and Livery

This family owned campground and canoe livery has 89 sites shaded with large oak trees, modern bathrooms, playground and large front yard. The canoe livery offers 1 hour, 3 hour and 5 hour trips on the beautiful Kalamazoo River. Open May thru October. 

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Vandercook Lake County Park

(517) 788-4320
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551 Avenue A
Jackson, MI 49203

Vandercook Lake County Park Also known as Townsend F. Beaman Park, this 17-acre park includes a swimming area, 3 ball diamonds, a boat launch, playground area, fishing area, grills, 2 picnic shelters, modern restrooms and Quiet... » More Information

Park Features
  • Benches
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Grills
  • Playground Equipment
  • Baseball/ Softball Fields
  • Fishing Site
  • Lake Swimming Access
  • Boat Launch
  • Modern Restrooms
  • Vandercook Lake County Park

Also known as Townsend F. Beaman Park, this 17-acre park includes a swimming area, 3 ball diamonds, a boat launch, playground area, fishing area, grills, 2 picnic shelters, modern restrooms and Quiet World Sports kayak rental. 

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Vineyard Lake County Park

(517) 788-4320
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175 North Dr.
Brooklyn, MI 49230

Vineyard Lake County Park An 8.5 acre park with a playground area, a boat launch, swim area and portable toilets.

Park Features
  • Grills
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fishing Site
  • Lake Swimming Access
  • Boat Launch
  • Portable Toilets
  • Vineyard Lake County Park

An 8.5 acre park with a playground area, a boat launch, swim area and portable toilets.

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Walker Tavern

517-467-4401 or 517-241-0731
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13220 M-50
Brooklyn, MI 49230

Walker Tavern In the mid 19th century, a stagecoach ride from Detroit to Chicago was a grueling five-day trip. Today, Sylvester Walker's stagecoach stop along that historic route offers stories of... » More Information

Hours

Open seasonally, May through October.

  • Walker Tavern

In the mid 19th century, a stagecoach ride from Detroit to Chicago was a grueling five-day trip. Today, Sylvester Walker's stagecoach stop along that historic route offers stories of Michigan's agricultural and travel heritage. Walker Tavern's exhibits focus on life in Michigan in the first half of the 19th century, the frontier and stagecoach era. The tavern includes an 1840s parlor, bar room, dining room and kitchen. The barn at Walker Tavern is a reproduction New England barn that houses exhibits about barns, travel and the historic roads around Walker Tavern. 

Don't Miss Summer Sunday Farmers Markets, The Walker Wheels Vintage Baseball Games, Picnic on the Lawn Concert Series and other great events. Walker Tavern is the home field for the Walker Wheels, a vintage "baseball" team that plays by 1860s rules – no gloves and gentlemanly conduct on the field. Follow the Walker Wheels on Facebook.

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Waterloo Recreation Area

(734) 475-8307
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16345 McClure Rd.
Chelsea, MI 48118

Waterloo Recreation Area Located northeast of the city of Jackson near Portage Lake County Park and Phyllis Haehnle Sanctuary, Waterloo Recreation Area is the largest park in the Lower Peninsula. At more than 20,000... » More Information

Park Features
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Playground Equipment
  • Walking-Biking-Cross Country Skiing Trails
  • Fishing Site
  • Lake Swimming Access
  • Boat Launch
  • Modern Restrooms
  • Portable Toilets
  • Waterloo Recreation Area

Located northeast of the city of Jackson near Portage Lake County Park and Phyllis Haehnle Sanctuary, Waterloo Recreation Area is the largest park in the Lower Peninsula. At more than 20,000 acres, the park boasts two modern campgrounds, a rustic campground, an equestrian campground, a swimming beach, several picnic sites, 11 excellent fishing lakes, eight boat launches, 12 miles of interpretive nature trails, 47 miles of hiking trails, three rustic cabins, numerous equestrian trails and the Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center.

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