McRae Park – Located on Alpena’s north side; includes ballfields,
basketball and tennis courts, play area, picnic area, outdoor ice rink and
Washington Avenue Park – Located on Washington Ave. alongside
the Bi-Path; picnic area with beautiful view of Thunder Bay River.
Blair Street Park – Located on State St.; swimming, picnic area,
Starlite Beach – Located on State St.; swimming, pavilion, picnic
area, play area including play structures, indoor restroom and outdoor
Thomson Park – Located on State St.; swimming, picnic area.
Arthur E. Sytek Park – Located on the Thunder Bay River at the
bridge on Bagley St. This one-half acre wildflower park was developed
by the Thunder Bay Watershed Council. Kayak/canoe launch site, a
barrier free fishing platform with a roof, picnic tables, off-street parking,
and serves as a trailhead for the City’s Bi-Path.
Several other smaller parks are scattered throughout the city including
LaMarre Park with a fishing deck and picnic area, Avery Park with
a picnic area and benches, North Riverfront Park with a picnic area,
fishing deck and boat ramp, and South Riverfront Park with a picnic
area, fishing deck and interpretive signs.
Manning Hill Park– 18 miles west of Alpena, or 3 blocks East of
M-65 South, or 1 block West of M-65 North. Beautiful view, small
pavilion, picnic tables, rustic restrooms.
Sanborn Park/Ossineke Beach – Located on Lake Huron at the
end of Lake Street in Ossineke. Swimming beach, playground equipment,
picnic tables, pavilion, and toilets.
Shingaba Shores – Huge play structure, totem pole, port-a-johns.
Handicap accessible. Located in Ossineke on Ossineke Rd. across
from Dinosaur Gardens.
Alpena Bi-Path – Approximately 18.5 miles long, the path travels
through several of Alpena’s scenic city parks and beaches along the
Thunder Bay River and Lake Huron. Parking is available at several
sites along the path. An excellent tour of the city by foot, rollerblade,
Maritime Heritage Trail – This historically-oriented walking tour
along the Thunder Bay River in downtown Alpena begins at South
Riverfront Park (behind the Armory on Water Street), following the
river north, crossing over the Ninth Avenue Bridge, then following the
river south and ending at South Riverfront Park. The walk includes
boardwalk, interpretive signs, a new pedestrian bridge behind the
Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center, and integrates a portion of the
city’s 18.5 mile Bi-Path. The overall objective of the trail is to demonstrate
the importance of Lake Huron and the Thunder Bay River in
the development of Alpena and its unique maritime culture.
TRANQUIL COUNTRY TRAILS
Get outside and get into nature! Within moments you can be out on
your bike, riding the trails, hiking, jogging through pristine forest,
snowshoeing or skiing your stress away on these trails that cut
through Northeast Michigan’s emerald timberlands. Visit www.thunderbaytrails.
org for more trail information.
Besser Natural Area – Twenty minutes north of Alpena this foot
trail winds through an area formerly inhabited by the people of the
Village of Bell. Explore the forest and find remains of historic buildings,
a virgin stand of white pine trees, a lagoon and beautiful beach.
Norway Ridge – Five miles south of Alpena, features ten miles of
forgiving, groomed terrain great for hiking, trail running, mountain
biking, and cross-country skiing.
Chippewa Hills Pathway – Twenty miles southwest of Alpena, offers
a more challenging terrain. Over 14-miles of hilly, heavily wooded
terrain await you on this trail great for hiking, trail running, mountain
biking, and cross-country skiing.
STATE PARKS & DARK SKY PRESERVES
Negwegon State Park & Dark Sky Preserve
Mysterious, remote and undeveloped, Negwegon State Park is a
hidden treasure with 10 miles of hiking trails and one of the most
beautiful beaches on Lake Huron. Negwegon is located on US-23 12
miles north of Harrisville. To get to the park, take Black River road
Bay View Park early morning sun
CITY SERENITY TRAILS
Bay View Park early morning Alpena Services...............1185 US 23 N . . . . . . 989-356-4049
Ossineke Services...........11745 US 23 S . . . . . 989-471-2156
Lincoln Services..............177 Barlow Rd. . . . . 989-736-8157
Harrisville Services .........205 N. State St. . . . . 989-724-5655
Family Medicine..........6135 Cressey St. . . . 231-238-8908
Oscoda Services..............5671 N. Skeel Ave . . 989-739-2550
Pickford Medical Clinic ...416 N. M-129 . . . . . . 906-647-2217
Campus ........................740 Main St., . . . . . . 231-627-7118
Pellston Clinic..................421 Stimpson St. . . . 231-844-3051
Petoskey Child Health
Associates...................2390Mitchell Park Dr. 231-487-2250
Long Rapids Plaza...........346 Long Rapids Plaza 989-358-3500
Community Health Center
3439 M119, Harbor Springs, 231-348-9900
Services Offered: Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics,
Obstetrics, Behavior Health Counseling, Health Education,
XRay, Daily & Saturday Morning Walk-In Clinic,
Sliding Fee & Tele-Medicine, Pharmacy & Dental
www.alconahealthcenters.org or Visit us on Facebook
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