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Snow Trails - By Foot or By Machine
By Amy McMillan

Snow lovers, we have a special place for you to discover this winter! It has more than 300 acres of meadows and woodlands, tall evergreens that bend to form picturesque snow tunnels after a snowfall, and a meandering river that traverses its postcard-pretty terrain.   

“Up north?” you ask. Up north as in just north of Coldwater Road on Irish Road.   It’s Richfield County Park, one of your Genesee County Parks, and it’s right around the corner in Davison!

You might know this park for its biking and walking trails, magnificent field stone bridge, and the handsome pavilions you can reserve for special events. But bring on the winter snow and  strap on the snowshoes and cross-country skis for a whole new exhilarating experience.

When the ground freezes and it’s covered with at least three inches of snow, this park becomes the perfect destination for those on snowmobiles who like to break trail. This is a place where you can take it slow and easy and be surrounded by winter’s special kind of beauty. Your winter wonderland experience begins as soon as you turn onto the long drive that takes you into the park through the heart of a majestic forest. It’s even likely you’ll catch a glimpse of some of the wildlife that thrives in this region.

Richfield County Park is located at 6322 N. Irish Road in Davison, one-half mile north of Coldwater Road. Don’t look for a toll booth. Entrance to the park and parking are free!

Next time you want to get away right away and play in the wintry countryside, head to Richfield County Park! To be sure ground conditions are right before you suit up; call 810-736-7100 Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm or refer to Genesee County Parks’ Facebook page.



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Just Another Good Reason to be a Kid
By Amy McMillan

Knee-High Naturalists and Wild Adventures will learn about the world outside their windows

I can think of many reasons why I'd like to be a kid again, and at the top of the list is the opportunity to be one of For-Mar’s Knee-High Naturalists or go on Wild Adventures!

These creative programs are open to children of all abilities.  Knee-High Naturalist programs are for children ages three to six years old and Wild Adventures age’s seven to twelve.  The Knee-High Naturalist programs are held at For-Mar and for your convenience; you can choose either Wednesday or Thursday, because the programs are identical. Wild Adventures programs are also offered throughout the school year at For-Mar on Wednesday morning.

Knee-High Naturalists and Wild Adventures programs are held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  The cost per child is just $3 per session. Each child must be accompanied by an adult, and the adults get to have fun, too!

For-Mar Nature Preserve and Arboretum is located at 2142 North Genesee Road in Burton. For a schedule of all the Knee-High naturalist programs, click here. Questions? Call 810-785-8568.  Are you ready to learn more?  Click on this link to see more Knee-High Naturalist and Wild Adventures programs.

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A Gorgeous Fall Get Away - Richfield Park
By Amy McMillan

The Flint River winds through the middle of this lovely park, dividing it in two. On the north side, you’ll find two pavilions, several ball fields and a 1½-mile walking and bicycling trail. The south side has another loop of trails, more pavilions, new vault toilets, basketball and tennis courts. A cool and creative playscape for kids, donated and installed by the members of UAW 598.
Two footbridges join the park’s north and south sides. One is a spectacular suspension bridge with amazing fieldstone pillars that was built in the 1930s by members of the Works Progress Administration; it’s a favorite spot for senior pictures and weddings.
You’ll find picnic tables and water pumps throughout the park and a canoe launch that offers easy access to the Flint River. A trail along the river takes horseback riders to and from the E.A Cummings Event Center, with trails that wind through the woods and along the river banks.
In a few weeks the leaves of the sugar maples and oak trees will change to glorious shades of red, orange and yellow and provide breathtaking color against a backdrop of tall, sweeping evergreens. Autumn might just be our favorite time in the park, and we hope you’ll come enjoy it, as well!
Pack a picnic, and come explore Richfield County Park. You’re welcome to bring your pup on a six-foot leash. Leave the alcoholic beverages at home. Click here for more information and a map.






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Buell Lake Beauty
By Amy McMillan

If you are looking for peace and quiet in a gorgeous natural setting and you’d like to find it close to home, Buell Lake County Park is just the place you are looking for.

Buell Lake County Park on North Genesee Road is tucked along the north shore of its namesake lake. It’s a no wake lake, so the only sounds you will hear as you walk along the barrier free board walk are the singing of birds, the jumping of fish, and the occasional frog serenade.

This lovely 213-acre park offers plenty of recreation with picnic areas, a ball diamond, playground equipment for the kids and a one-mile loop for hiking and biking. There are also three pavilions that can be rented. A large field for flying radio-controlled model airplanes is open on the south side of the lake. You might even catch a glimpse of the family of graceful swans that make their home on the lake.  

The fishing here is one of the park’s claims to fame. Buell Lake is a 57-acre no-wake lake that reaches depths of 100 feet. It offers up a big variety of fish, and you can catch your share right from the large fishing dock. There’s a boat launch as well on the northern side of the lake where you can put in your boat for free.

Part of what makes this park a favorite is its ease of use for people with mobility challenges – those with walkers and wheelchairs or pushing strollers. From the parking lot, it’s a short distance to the lake, a lakeside pavilion, the children’s play area, vault toilets and the fishing dock, all of which provide barrier free access.

The park is also a fine place to walk your four-legged friends. Dogs are welcome on a six-foot leash. (Remember to bring along an empty bag, so you don’t leave anything behind).

When you want to get away right away, come check out the fishing, the hiking, the picnic and play areas and the tranquil waters of Buell Lake at Buell Lake County Park. It’s open every day from 8 a.m. until sunset. Click here for more information.



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Last Camping Weekend of the Year
By Amy McMillan

Wolverine Campground is the perfect place for a weekend getaway with your family.

This beautiful forested campground is located on the north shore of the Holloway Reservoir, and it offers activities for all ages and all interests. For the athletic, there are horseshoe pits, volleyball nets and a ball diamond. Each weekend you can take part in free nature programs, crafts projects and guided nature walks for adults and children. Fire rings are provided so you can build a campfire and try your hand at making the perfect s’more. Modern restrooms and showers are conveniently located, and several campsites have electrical hook-ups. Want to bring your pooch? Dogs on a six-foot leash and attended at all times are welcome.

If you’re looking for fun in the sun and a spectacular place to swim, you’ll love Buttercup Beach right next to the campground. It’s open to the public – you don’t have to be a camper to use it – and it’s big! There’s a great bath house with showers and changing areas, and large trees provide lots of cooling shade.

Because we know you want a fun, family-friendly getaway, we’ve established quiet hours in the campground from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m., and our rangers rigorously enforce a “no alcoholic beverages” policy.

Need to get away? Head up north, to Richfield Township and Wolverine Campground!  If you haven’t made your Labor Day plans, there may be a few campsites left, give us a call or click here for reservations.

Great family camping begins at Wolverine Campground.


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One Last Summer Adventure
By Amy McMillan

Labor Day, September 2, admission is only $1 per person at Crossroads Village on this holiday Monday! Amusement rides are just $1 too, and you’ll find tasty food specials as well.  It’s our way of thanking you for your support of Crossroads Village all year long.  

The Huckleberry Railroad will be waiting for you at the Davison Depot and the lovely Genesee Belle paddlewheel boat will be waiting for you at the Mott Lake dock for their final runs of the summer.  A ticket for one of these memorable experiences is only $3 more.  Of course, the shops, homes and trade buildings will all be open for one last time before getting decked out for Halloween Ghosts and Goodies.  

Let us tip our hat to you and thank you for making Crossroads Village one of the most popular historic villages in the country and one of the happiest places on earth!  

Bring family and friends and spend the day at Crossroads Village one last time before we close to get ready for Halloween Ghosts and Goodies.  

Purchase tickets in advance by clicking here.


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...And the Fishin' is Easy
By Amy McMillan

Flint River, east of Mott Lake

If a bad day of fishing is better than a good day at work just imagine how good a great day of fishing in the Genesee County Parks will be!

Mott Lake, Buell Lake, the Holloway Reservoir, the Flint River and at least a dozen big ponds are all great places to fish and, conveniently enough, all have miles of shoreline that are surrounded by Genesee County Parks. You can throw in a line from the shore or a dock, or, if you prefer to fish from a boat, there are excellent boat launches to help you get to your favorite spots.

Walleye Pike Boat Launch is located on Henderson Road in Davison, on the beautiful Holloway Reservoir. Those who fish the area report great catches of walleye, bluegill, bass, pumpkin seed and perch. In fact, the Holloway Reservoir consistently ranks in the top 3 walleye fisheries in the entire state of Michigan! There are free picnic tables and grills nearby, too, so if you like your fish dinner really fresh, you can catch it and cook it on site!

Bluegill Boat Launch on Mott Lake can be reached by entrances on both Coldwater at Center Road and on Genesee Road south of Stanley Road. Mott is a no-wake lake, perfect for hours of quiet fishing. There are picnic tables and grills here, too, and modern restrooms near the parking lot.

Boat launching is also permitted on Stanley Road, just east of Genesee, at Buell Lake County Park, Zemmer Park, the ponds at The Mounds, and many places along the Flint River as it travels through the Genesee County Parks.  Check out the Genesee County Parks Great Getaway Guide for a full list.

Walleye Pike and Bluegill Boat Launches are open 24 hours a day. Use fees are collected from mid- April to early September. If you fish every day, a boat launch annual pass may be the catch.   Purchase your annual or daily boat launch pass at the Genesee County Parks and Recreation Commission Headquarters, 5045 Stanley Road in Flint or at the boat launch toll booths.

Like to fish from a canoe?  Consider heading to Richfield County Park. Besides all the year-round recreational activities in this beautiful 345-acre park, there’s a canoe launch that will give you free passage onto the Flint River.

If you are interested in a canoe or kayak tour of the Flint River, check the Flint River Watershed Coalition calendar of events and sign up for a spectacular trip down the scenic Flint River.  If you don’t have your own canoe or kayak, they will provide one for $20. Bring your own and it’s only $15 to join the tour.

Any way you like your fishing or boating, it’s easy to get to the perfect spot, right around the corner in your Genesee County Parks!


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Fitness in Flushing County Park Comes Naturally
By Amy McMillan

Flushing County Park lies northwest of Flint at North McKinley and Carpenter Roads, just a couple minutes by car north of the city of Flushing.  With its 105 acres of trees and meadows and the gentle meandering of the Flint River nearby, it’s one of the prettiest places in the county.

Local residents enjoy walking their dogs there along the one-mile loop hiking trail that connects to the Flint Riverview Trail. The five pavilions are rented for family reunions, potlucks and parties. And the playground, picnic areas, ball diamonds and tennis courts offer hours of fun for all ages.

It’s a great park, and it just got better!

A new fitness system has been installed with five stations that facilitate 120 different exercises! This state-of-the-art system is so complete you can exercise nearly all the 206 bones and 600 muscles in your body in one workout! Plus, there’s a personal trainer as close as your smart phone. Just download an app, scan a code on the instructional signs at each station, and you’ll be able to watch “how-to” exercise videos on your phone!

Get away right away, and check out the latest in fitness at Flushing County Park, open from 8 a.m. until sunset every day of the year!


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What a View!
By Amy McMillan

The Belle cruises Mott Lake to Beat the Heat or Lunches The beautiful Genesee Belle is a replica of the paddlewheel riverboats that traveled the mighty Mississippi River during Mark Twain’s lifetime. She spends her summers on the cool waters of Mott Lake, offering passengers spectacular views of the area and a respite from the city heat. Her upper deck is open to the fresh air and sunshine, while her lower deck is enclosed and climate-controlled.

Besides offering excursions to visitors at Crossroads Village, the Belle is available for special 45-minute cruises on Friday and Sunday evenings, July 12 through August 30, and for one-hour lunchtime cruise on several Wednesdays in July and October.

These special cruises depart from Stepping Stone Falls, 5161 Branch Road in Flint. Tickets for evening cruises may be purchased at the Stepping Stone Falls concession one hour prior to the cruise. Children are welcome when accompanied by an adult.

Tickets for the lunch cruises must be purchased at least one week in advance. Click here for reservations, or call the Genesee County Parks at 810.736.7100, ext. 6, or 800.648.PARK, ext. 6, Monday through Friday from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.

This summer, discover the quiet beauty of Mott Lake from the deck of the Genesee Belle!

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Linden County Park - There's Something for Everyone
By Amy McMillan

 Linden County Park

Picture a beautiful summer day in Genesee County - the kind of day you love to spend outside. In fact, it’s the perfect day to pack a picnic lunch, gather up your family and take everyone to a nearby park.  But, you’re wondering, where can you go and find something for everyone to enjoy?   Get away right away to Linden County Park!

Located at 15349 S. Linden Road in Fenton Township, just south of the great little town of Linden, this 135-acre park is located on both sides of Linden Road.

On the east side of the park, you’ll find playground equipment your kids are sure to love, four pavilions that are available to rent, hiking trails and ball fields.  There are also a tennis and basketball courts.

On the west side of the park, you can relax in the cooling waters of Byram Lake at beautiful Clover Beach. There’s a gorgeous 1930’s era pavilion with extraordinary fieldstone pillars at the edge of the lake and plenty of room for picnicking, lots of free parking for visitors and modern restrooms. And of course, there’s no entrance fee!

Linden County Park is open every day from 8 a.m. until sunset. Clover Beach closes at 8 p.m. daily. Click here for driving directions.


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