Hemlock Crossing in West Olive, MI

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Park managed by Ottawa County

About Hemlock Crossing

Address: 8115 West Olive Road West Olive, MI 49460

Hemlock Crossing is a lakeshore gem that the whole family will love!

There are plenty of fairly easy trails with amazing river views and lots of potential for wildlife sightings!

And don't forget a stop at the Nature Center - the kids will love seeing wildlife in action here!

Trail Difficulty: Easy

About the Interpretive Center

The Nature Center at Hemlock Crossing is a popular spot for school field trips, providing educational resources and exhibits for kids of all ages.

Pop in and see the exhibits, the wildlife den, and the wildlife viewing area.

The Walking Path at Hemlock Crossing

Across from the main parking lot (by the modern restrooms), you can find another trailhead that leads to some paved paths through a beautiful, sun-filled meadow.

The colors of the flowers are incredible!

This short loop is stroller friendly.

Hiking Trail Details

Hemlock Crossing has six miles of walking trails that will take you through stunning landscapes.

A start near the pedestrian bridge weaves across the Pigeon River. Follow the shade (pack your bug spray) through the trails here and find some cool boardwalks.

There are plenty of spots to pause and admire the riverside and look for wildlife.

The majority of the trails are not stroller-friendly.

There aren’t any significant stair climbs and just a few moderate inclines, so a baby carrier would be a great addition for hiking Hemlock Crossing.

Hemlock trails girl hiking

Hemlock Crossing Features

  • Dog Friendly
  • Free Admission
  • Grills
  • Hike with a Payoff
  • Hiking Trails
  • Interpretive Center
  • Lake or River
  • Paved Walking Path
  • Picnic Tables
  • Restrooms
  • River Access for Boat Launch

Hemlock trails boy overlooking marsh

Facilities: Modern restrooms available in the parks seasonally, rustic toilets year-round.

Stroller-Friendly? No, few or no areas

Time of Year? Open all year, from dawn to dusk.