Ottawa County Parks & Recreation

Hemlock Crossing

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8115 West Olive Road
West Olive, MI 49460

Directions

From US-31, travel west on Croswell Street. Just after crossing the railroad tracks turn south on West Olive Road to the park entrance.

Amenities & Activities

  • Nature Education Center
  • Kayak and canoe launch
  • Unique pedestrian bridge
  • Many scenic overlooks along the trails
  • Two small picnic shelters
  • Grills
  • Modern restrooms open seasonally
  • Rustic toilets
  • Hiking trails and cross country ski trails
  • Nature Education Center
  • Snowshoe rental
  • Paved parking lot

* Barrier free facilities include picnic shelters, restrooms, kayak launch and a one mile paved trail through woods and fields.

Hemlock Crossing offers snowshoe rentals for adults and children (4+) at the Nature Education Center for $6 for two hours. Guided walks are available throughout the winter; take a look at our program calendar for dates. Visitors are invited to warm up in front of a fire in the Great Room after their snowy outing!

Map

This map shows amenities, features and trails. Hemlock Crossing offers 239 acres of woods and wetlands along the Pigeon River. Over six miles of trails meander through bottomland and upland forest, old pine plantations and along the river. Trails connect to Pine Bend County Park on the west end of this property. A pedestrian bridge and numerous overlooks offer scenic views. While you’re there, be sure to visit the Nature Education Center.

Hours

March 1 through October 15: 7am to 10pm
October 16 through February 28: 7am to 8pm
Nature Education Center: Tuesday through Saturday; 9am to 5pm.Sunday; 12pm to 5pm

Fees

There are no entry or launch fees.

Dog Policy

  • Dogs are required to be leashed (10’ max) and under control at all times.
  • Dogs are not permitted in park buildings, restrooms, picnic shelters, off-trail, or as posted.
  • Owners must clean up after their pet and dispose of waste in a trash receptacle.
  • Leader dogs for persons with disabilities are permitted in all areas at any time.
  • Recognizing that most dogs enjoy running and playing freely, many Ottawa County Open Space Lands allow dogs year-round off leash.

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CONTACT US

Parks Visitor Center

  • The Nature
    Education Center
    at Hemlock Crossing
    8115 West Olive Road
    West Olive, MI 49460
  • Tuesday - Saturday:
    9:00am - 5:00pm
    Sunday:
    12:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Phone: (616) 786-4847

  • Pigeon Creek Hotline: (616) 738-9531

Administration Office

  • Room 267
    12220 Fillmore St.
    West Olive, MI 49460
  • Monday - Friday:
    8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Phone: (616) 738-4810
    Fax: (616) 738-4812
  • In Ottawa County:
    (888) 731-1001 ext.4810
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General Park Hours*

March 1 - October 15
7:00am - 10:00pm
October 16 - February 28
7:00am - 8:00pm
*Some parks close in winter or have hours that vary. Select each park for specific park hours.

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