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.
Trail Guides and More
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Protect Michigan trails by not using them when muddy
Riding or walking on a muddy trail destroys the surface. It leaves ruts/deep holes, uneven tire and footprints, contributes to erosion and creates a hard-to-fix trail surface. Hint: If you are leaving visible bicycle ruts, deep footprints or hoof tracks the trail is too muddy. For more information, visit the DNR's website.