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If you’re looking for a rustic escape form the din of everyday life, consider the Calhoun County Trailway. The Trailway weaves through three of the county’s four parks. The 5.3-mile trail kicks off in the Battle Creek Linear Park in the north, traveling through the Ott Biological Preserve, where users experiences ranging from hardwood canopies to reedy marshes. The diversity of flora and fauna makes this park Calhoun County’s “hidden gem”. The route continues southward, passing through Kimball Pines County Park and then southeast to the entrance of Historic Bridge Park. The trail is 10-feet wide, with a surface of crushed gravel and suitable for multiple uses including biking, walking, and wheelchair access. It includes a number of elevated boardwalks along its length. The Trailway allows for recreational and educational opportunities for users of all ages and abilities.
When complete, the 40-mile trail will form a link in the Great Lake-to-Lake Trail, an ambitious project to network Michigan’s extensive existing trail infrastructure. The first phase of this project envisions a continuous bike trail from South Haven to Port Huron.
The Ott Preserve trailhead is located at 200 Arlington Avenue, several blocks north of Michigan Avenue. There are two parking lots: on Jameson Road and on Arlington Road.
The Emmett Street trailhead is at 904 Emmett Street E., at the southeast corner of E. Emmett Street and Raymond road.
There is also parking at Kimball Pines, 1153 Michigan Ave E, Battle Creek.
Finally, if you choose to start from the southern end and ride upwards, you can park at the Historic Bridge Park, located at 14930 9 Mile Rd, Battle Creek.
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