A Bit about Fallasburg Park
Fallasburg Park is just so beautiful! This picturesque park located just north of Lowell in the historic Fallasburg community. Spanning over 250 acres, this is a popular place for kids and families to take in a hike, explore a historic covered bridge, fish, or take fall family photos.
The large park has many places to park and explore. This map will help you figure out where to go when you visit. Two popular places are the play area by the enclosed structure, and the covered bridge.
When my friends and I visited, we let the kids get their energy out at the play structure with the big tire swings. Located by the enclosed shelter, you’ll know you’ve found the right place when you see the stone archway over the driveway.
Then we began our hike (part of the North Country National Scenic Trail) just behind the play structure, by the maintenance building. The hike wound around to the McPherson Road bridge, across the flat river, past the disc golf, back through the woods, and popped out on Covered Bridge Road.
We enjoyed walking past historic buildings, many of which are residences today. On most Sundays their school house is open to the public.
We walked over the historic covered bridge, built in 1871, one of only two covered bridges in Michigan that allows vehicle traffic.
Then we walked past another play structure with the covered picnic tables and down past this adorable creek. Y0u can cross the creek to get to a very small play structure and enjoy the flat grassy plain between the creek and the Flat River.
The paved path took us back up to the enclosed shelter and play structure where we started.
And the kids still had enough energy left to race back to the swings for more fun!
Tips for Your Trip from other Parents
- Fallasburg has a mix of mature shade trees and of course woods hiking, so there are many opportunities to get out of the sun. However it’s sunny at the covered bridge and the play structures and along the river if you fish.
- We did not encounter bugs both times we visited in October, but in the summer it you’ll want mosquito protection, especially by the Flat River and the creek.
- The hike from the main enclosed shelter to the covered bridge and then back up past the creek is a very easy walk, but you’ll want a baby carrier for smaller kids. Our kids were aged 3 and up and did the walk mostly without complaint.
- While Covered Bridge road does take you back in time in a way, remember that you’re still walking on a paved road that cars occasionally travel on – be extra watchful of small children.