July is National Recreation and Park month! I want to tell you about a best-kept secret right here in Calhoun County: the Calhoun County Trailway. This is one “secret” you should be sure to tell all your friends! 

The Calhoun County Trailway system has been in existence for 16 years. During that time, the trails have been growing. There are now several interconnected trails such as the Iron Belle Trail, which connects Calhoun and Jackson counties, and the Great Lake-to-Lake Trail. The Iron Belle is a paved trail, and all trails in the Trailway are handicap accessible, so take your friends and family on a hike. 

If you haven’t been on a trail, you are in for a treat! No cars are allowed on the trails and wildlife, flora, and fauna are bountiful. Recently, I walked the Iron Belle for three miles and was delighted to see wild turkeys and heard woodpeckers in the trees. The trail also included a beautiful bridge on a pond as well. 

In addition to the Trailway, there are seven city parks in the City of Marshall and four county parks, according to the Calhoun County website. Historic Bridge Park is a lovely and unusual park to traverse. It has paved trails that connect to the Trailway system, as well as bridges and sculptures for your enjoyment. The Ott Biological Preserve and Kimball Pines are also connected by the Trailway system. 

No matter what your level of fitness, there places to go for a walk or ride a bike in Calhoun County! You can find out more about the Trailways at our upcoming Lunch and Learn on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at noon. Mark Lelle, from the Calhoun County Trailway Alliance, will present an overview of the trail system. You can also find information on the Calhoun County Parks and Recreation website, or by visiting the City of Marshall’s Recreation Department website.

Please call 269-558-6150 for more information or to sign up for the lunch and learn. Heritage Commons is located at 13444 Preston Drive near Marshall Michigan.

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