Hager Park in Georgetown Township, MI

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Park managed by Ottawa County

About Hager Park

Hager Park is huge!

There are so many different things to do - and a "secret," shaded playground with a zipline and "old school" equipment like a merry-go-round.

Dozens of picnic tables, huge open area, tons of woods for hiking and so much more.

Indoor buildings are available for rent.

Trail Difficulty: Easy

The Playground at Hager Park

The large Age of Discovery playground is a wooden structure. Kids playing here and its dozens of hiding spaces.

Due to its large size, it can be difficult for parents to see their kids. The playground surface is sand. There are a couple of accessible swings, but they are also on the sand.

This play area is in full sun with very little shade.

There is a secondary, smaller playground that is almost fully shaded. It was swings, a tall slide, merry-go-round, and teeter-totter all on grass.

There is also a zipline on this playground over grass.

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The Walking Path at Hager Park

Hager Park has some paved walking paths, but the main draw are the trails through the mature trees.

The main Hager Park loop is 0.6 miles long.

Bicycles are not allowed on natural trails.

Hiking Trail Details

Dozens of trails snake through the gorgeous wooded area surrounding Hager Park.

You are sure to see a huge variety of wild flowers and wildlife throughout your hike. One of the trails has a bridge that crosses over a sandy creek.

While some of the trails are paved, most are not so they aren't very stroller or wheelchair friendly.

Bikes are allowed on paved trails only.

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Something Unique About This Destination

The mature hardwood forest has spectacular spring wildflowers in April and May.

Hager Park Features

  • Accessible
  • Adaptive Equipment
  • Dog Friendly
  • Free Admission
  • Grills
  • Hiking Trails
  • Pavilion
  • Picnic Tables
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Sandbox
  • Shaded

Facilities: Restrooms, picnic tables, pavilions, indoor buildings with kitchens available to rent for groups as large as 150 people.

Stroller-Friendly? Playground or main areas only, Not on trails

Time of Year? Year Round

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36 thoughts on “Hager Park in Georgetown Township, MI”

  1. Hi, Can you tell me why the many beautiful city parks, playgrounds, and Nature Center in Hudsonville were left out of this article?

    1. We’re currently rebuilding this article and they will be added as soon as we can get them. We’re implementing a new searchable database and info population takes time. Please check back and hopefully you will see lovely the Hudsonville Parks included.

  2. Sebastiaan Johnson

    hello, i was wondering which of these playgrounds have a calisthenics park or set with them. If so would that be a possible project for the future. I have a cousin coming for a few weeks and I’m trying to find one of these calisthenics sets or parks for him.

    1. Sebastian, if I am understanding your question, MLK Park in Grand Rapids has a calisthenics set, with sit up bars, a climbing rope, etc.

  3. Just went to Danish kingdom park in Greenville and was not impressed at all. Has not been kept up very well. The description on this site makes it sound like a great park but honestly it’s a little ran down.

  4. Cherry Park is amazing! Small splash pad, restroom, and a stone’s throw from The Parlor ice cream shop, which is open late afternoon and does a generous kiddie-sized scoop. Highland Park and Fuller Park also have great splash pads and restrooms.

  5. Richardson.Sowerby park should be on the list for Rockford. It’s right off the White Pine Trail near the Rogue River. There’s also some covered picnic areas, bathroom facilities, and it’s so close to all the fun in downtown Rockford. Also missing from the list is Morley Park in Cedar Springs!

  6. There is a small park in Rockford called Glen Park. We really like it because on those hot summer days this park is mostly in the shade and the equipment doesn’t get hot enough to burn.

  7. [email protected] France

    What Grand Rapids park for children is closest to John Ball Zoo that has grills to cook on? ThankING you in advance

  8. Rosewood Park has now added a splash pad and a toddler playground as well as new bathrooms, repaved parking lot and lights to their park. Quite nice and getting popular.

  9. Kristen Beadenkopf

    We live in Jenison and our favorite is 8th Ave Community Park. It has a nice playground, 1mile paved trail around lake and a clean beach for swimming. Basketball courts and bathrooms with a covered pavilion with a ton of picnic tables.
    Also, Rosewood Park in Jenison is under construction now and they are adding a larger playground, splash pad and bathrooms. It’s already a soccer field/sledding hills with a small play area. It’s at 18th and Rosewood Ave.

  10. I like Myers lake park in Rockford has 2 size play structures swings a bathroom and changing area and beach, charcoal grills lots of shady areas lots of parking spots lots of picnic tables a covered pavilion grassy areas big waters nice

  11. We love Maplewood Park in Jenison. It has a cool waterpark on one side and a playground on the other side.

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