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295. Hemlock Crossing

November 12, 2011

Looking for a place for a nice family fall photo graph to send out for the holidays or nice strech of the legs on a great fall afternoon? I think Hemlock Crossing is a good choice for either or the tow activities and then some. Hemlock Crossing opened in 2003 and offers 239 acres of woods and wetlands along the Pigeon River. Over 6 miles of trails for hiking and cross country skiing meander through bottomland and upland forest, old pine plantations and along the river. Trails connect to Pine Bend on the west end of this property. A pedestrian bridge and numerous overlooks offer scenic views of the river corridor, wetlands, natural springs and woods. Facilities include two small picnic shelters, a kayak/canoe launch and over a mile of paved trail. Hemlock Crossing is also the site for the Nature Education Center that opened in April 2010.

Facilities

  • Kayak/canoe launch
  • Unique pedestrian bridge
  • Many scenic overlooks along the trails
  • Two small picnic shelters with tables and grills
  • Modern restrooms open warm months at Hemlock Crossing. Pit toilets available in winter
  • Hiking and ungroomed cross country ski trails
  • Nature Education Center

* Barrier free facilities include picnic shelters, restrooms, kayak launch and a one mile paved trail through woods and fields.

Park Hours

Hemlock Crossing is open year-round at the following times.

April 1 through October 31 – 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

November 1 through March 31 – 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Fees

There are no entry fees.

Directions

Hemlock Crossing is located in Port Sheldon Township at 8115 West Olive Road, West Olive, MI 49460. From US 31, travel west on Croswell Street a short distance to West Olive Road. Turn south on West Olive Road and travel about 0.4 miles to the entrance on the west side of the road.

For more information visit: http://www.miottawa.org/ParksVI/Parks/nature_center.htm

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