Connor Bayou is located around the corner from Johnson Street Forest, off 128th and North Cedar Drive. This Park overlooks the bayou as well as offering about a mile of Grand River frontage. There is a kayak launch for easy access to the river. There’s also a beautiful log cabin that is available for rent. We found some big leaves here!!!
Crockery Creek is located off Leonard Street (on Wren) in Nunica. It has a couple of natural walking/hiking/cross country skiing loops (1.5 miles and .5 miles) among the 331-acre natural area. It also has frontage of the Grand River and Crockery Creek. These diverse communities provide habitat for a wide variety of flora and fauna including bald eagles, sandhill cranes, red-headed woodpeckers and river otters. In addition to resident wildlife, the area provides staging areas for many migratory birds. The existing farm house and barn are from a Centennial Farm and are currently closed to the public.
I visited Pine Bend last week on my own. Pine Bend is located in West Olive and the trails link up with those at Hemlock Crossing. Stumbled upon some kayakers on Pigeon Creek as I was headed over the bridge at Hemlock Crossing. It’s a good way to visit both parks. Very nice wooded trails offering a mix of hills and straightaways. I was trail running solo but managed to get about 3.5 miles in. It was a HOT one!
Pigeon Creek Park located in West Olive offers trails for mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding and cross country skiing in the winter. We took the bikes out for a few spins around. I’d say the biking is perfect for beginner to medium skill level. There are some nice straightaways and a few good hills. Not too terribly rooty, but steer clear of the horseback riding trails unless you want 100% sand.
Located just north of Consumers in West Olive, Olive Shores has stairs, if that’s your workout MO. The cost to use the park for the day is $7 per vehicle. They offer a beautiful beach and very nice restrooms. This is also where filming took place for Tom Hank’s movie “The Road To Perdition’. We did the stairs and short trail system a couple of times to burn a few calories…
Are you up for a challenge? Beth and I are challenging the people of Ottawa County to get out and take advantage of what our park systems have to offer. There are 38 Ottawa County parks and we want to challenge you to visit 10 before the end of 2016. The first individual to visit and document (selfie with the park sign) will win a $50 gift card to Dick’s Sporting Goods!! In order to verify the documentation, you must post and tag Paragon Recruiting or e-mail the pic to firstname.lastname@example.org. The map makes it easy to see where the parks are located. Ready. Set. GO!!! https://lnkd.in/bBAhmEB
Hiawatha Forest on the North side of Holland. This is a small park located on Fillmore Street just East of 168th. There’s a 1.4 mile loop in this open space and dogs are allowed off leash. We brought Izzo (our office dog). It was hot, but we ran around for a bit. Normally we like to share our before pic, but today you get the after. Don’t mind the “glisten”
Located in Holland, this park offers volleyball courts, picnic shelters, grilling areas, playgrounds and a great beach. We trekked around the short loop a few times to get some stairs in. We also climbed the dune and then ran the beach 1.65 miles to the State Park. Beautiful sunny 68 degree day for a run!