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Ottawa County Parks & Recreation

Hemlock Crossing

8115 West Olive Road
West Olive, MI 49460


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 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
  • 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 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!


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 Center.


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


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.

Additional Park Rules