Venture through miles of pristine trails by foot, wheel, ski or hoof.
Walking, hiking, biking and snowshoeing are only a few of the ways you can make use of Jackson’s abundance of trails. You can take a brisk morning jog with only the forest critters to keep you company or bring your cross country skis for an exhilarating ride among beautiful, snow-tipped pines. Maybe you’d rather stick to a casual, weekend bike ride on some of the area’s many miles of paved paths. No matter your skill or fitness level, Jackson’s trails give you a hundred great excuses to get out and experience nature in its purest form.
The trail system in Jackson features three distinct trails. The first and largest is Falling Waters Trail, an integral part of the statewide proposed Iron-Belle and Great Lake to Lake Trails. Placed where Michigan Central Railroad once stood, the Falling Waters Trail is a 10.6-mile linear park connecting the Village of Concord to the City of Jackson.
Next, the Falling Waters Trail continues for 3.4 miles as the Martin Luther King Equality Trail, formerly the Inter-City Trail, from Jackson’s Weatherwax Drive to Morrell Street. And finally, the Grand River Arts Walk leads walkers, joggers and cyclists from Downtown Jackson through the Arts District and onto Monroe Street.
Other Trails in Jackson
Waterloo Recreation Area, the largest state park in the lower peninsula, contains enough trails to last a lifetime. 47 miles of hiking trails,12 miles of interpretive nature trails, and another 12 miles of equestrian trails are all nestled within 20,000 acres of protected forest.
The MacCready Reserve, south of town, includes 6.5 miles of dog-friendly trails among 400 acres of lush forest environment.
The Dahlem provides five miles of diverse trails. Walk among forests, fields, marshes and ponds, including a ⅜-mile trail for those with limited mobility, called the “The Nature For All Trail”. Trails are open year-round and they’re ideal for birding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or simply exploring nature.
Check out our list of State, County, and City Parks.
Use the code “Trails Jackson MI” when booking directly with the following hotels. Each package includes a $25 Downtown Development Gift Certificate that can be used at a variety of Jackson restaurants and 10% off parts and accessories at On Two Wheels*. Spend your days exploring the trails in Jackson!
Bookings must be made at least a week in advance to receive package. Discounts and deals are based off the rack rate, valid through December 31, 2019, and are subject to change without notice. Additionally, blackout dates apply, please verify details with each property individually. Must book direct with hotel to qualify.
- Baymont Inn & Suites (517) 789-6000 - 10% Discount
- Colonial Inn (517) 764-3820 - 10% Discount
- Hampton Inn (517) 789-5151 - 5% Discount
- Holiday Inn Express (517) 788-6400 - 15% Discount
- Travelodge (517) 787-1111 - 15% Discount
Find more Michigan DNR Trail Deals by clicking on this link!
*Discounts do not apply to bikes and car racks.
Trail Maps and More
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