Trail

Prairie Wolf Park

Caledonia, MI
Length: 3.50 mi.
Type: Loop

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Did you know at one time wolves roamed freely throughout Gaines Charter Township? In an attempt to preserve history for the enjoyment of future generations, the Gaines Charter Township Parks and Recreation Committee established a forty-five acre park that consists of both paved and natural surface trails. In the winter the trails are available for cross country skiing and snowshoeing.

 

The great thing about this park is that you have several different trail options to choose from. You can stick to the 1-1/2 miles of paved trails or venture out into the woods and prairie to discover 2+ more miles of natural surface trails.

 

In addition to the small lot by the red barn on Kalamazoo Ave, you can also access the paved trail by the township building on 84th St.

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Trail Features

Surface type Mixed
Carrier needed No
Stroller friendly Yes
ADA accessible Yes
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store Yes
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles
Yes

Trail highlights

Creek / River, Lake, Shaded Hike, and Wildlife Viewing

There are large limestone boulders(Dodge Overlook-can be found on the map) placed atop the hill in the center of the park. Kids love to climb and jump on them while overlooking the southern end of the park.

There’e also a short boardwalk crossing a pond once you make it across the Gull Prairie. During the warmer months you’ll find plenty of turtles and frogs!

Once you arrive back at the barn, there are benches on the south side that make a perfect spot for a snack break or just to rest.

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Hike it Baby Family Trail Guide is an online resource to help families with children source trails that little legs can hike and parents can feel comfortable with. Hike details are sourced and have been hiked by families who participate in our community. Our contributors do their best to give you all the details they can, but if something is missed, you can reach out to the contributor and offer suggestions for them to add to make it a better trail description for all. This guide was built with a generous 3-year partnership with L.L Bean. Like Hike it Baby, L.L Bean believes that helping get families into nature from birth on is key to healthier, happier communities.