Outdoor Fun! Lace up, step out, and discover parks and trails in Chelsea

Chelsea’s Many Options for Outdoor Fun

In Michigan, we don’t take warm, sunny weather for granted. And fortunately, residents and visitors of Chelsea have endless options for getting outdoors and enjoying all that our beautiful state has to offer. Whether you’re looking to get some exercise or just leisurely soak up the sunshine, Chelsea has some great options for all ages and interests.

Lace Up and Step Out

The Community Wellness Paths, created by Silver Maples through a grant from the 5 Healthy Towns Foundation, lead you on peaceful, scenic walks through the community: you pick the distance. Take a stroll – or power walk – through the wooded campuses of Silver Maples or St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea Hospital, where you might encounter a white tailed-deer – or three.

If lakeside views are more your style, the Wellness Paths can take you on wooden boardwalks that hug the shore of Pierce Lake, where swans, toads, and turtles have been known to greet those who pass through.

Up Close with Nature

Imagine an expansive state park that offered something for everyone: beaches, campgrounds, hiking and nature trails, picnic sites, equestrian trails, fishing, and more. You don’t have to pack up and leave the area to find all this: the Waterloo Recreation Area is the largest state park in lower Michigan —  and it’s just minutes from Chelsea.

The Waterloo Recreation Area also includes the Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center, which hosts nature programs year-round for all ages and interests. Check out the ChelseaMich Calendar for upcoming events.

Bike the Trails

Just north of Chelsea at 17817 N. M-52, mountain bikers of all skill levels can enjoy a new 5-mile bike loop that takes riders on a flowing path through one of the area’s most beautiful natural areas.

Mountain bikers can get the feel of a nature getaway without the drive at The DTE Energy Foundation Trail. This trail, which appeals to hard core bikers and beginners alike, will offer even more in the coming years, with 25 total miles of trail to be constructed.

Parks for Play or Relaxation

Whether you’ve got little ones looking for entertainment or you simply want to sit and enjoy the fresh air, you’ll find what you want at the parks right in Chelsea.

The expansive play structure at Timbertown is a local favorite, while the Veterans Memorial Park offers a place to stroll or simply sit and relax. And Pierce Park, located right off Main Street, boasts towering shade trees, the famous Chelsea “rock,” a playground, and a pavilion that’s used for everything from family reunions in the summer to Santa’s visit in December.

Just outside of the city, you can find even more natural getaways. The Park Lyndon is a favorite spot for strolling and picture taking, with its nature trails, wetlands, and rolling hills. The Trinkle Marsh and Easton Farm Preserve features a wetland complex with an ideal spot to observe waterfowl.

There’s no need to leave the Chelsea area if you’re hoping to make the most of good weather. The trails and parks in the community can be enjoyed as frequently as your schedule — and your feet — allow.

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