Grand River Nature Area
If you haven't checked out the GRNT&P, you'll be pleasantly surprised. There are stunning views of the Grand River along this linear park and many opportunities to view wildlife. This 100-acre parcel of land was donated to the residents of Ada Township by Eastbrook Homes. Land was also donated to Cascade Township (named McGraw Park) and the Forest Hills School District (Home of their Crew boathouse), making a linear park of 150+ acres. A paved trail starts from the Ada Park parking lot on Grand River Drive SE (please park here or further east on Grand River Drive SE at McGraw Park). The trail continues off of Dogwood Meadows Drive, located in the Ada Moorings subdivision, and runs through Cascade Township, ending at the FHPS boathouse. There is also a natural trail that runs northwest along the Grand River. Please keep bikes on the paved trail. It is a good idea to wear insect repellent, as mosquitoes can be quite thick along the trail, especially the natural trail.
- Nature Area
- Bike Path
- Grand River
Michael McGraw Park
Through a generous donation from Michael McGraw in 2002, Cascade Township acquired property on the Grand River, in the northeast corner of the township. This 68-acre parcel is located 1.1 miles east of Buttrick Ave., on Grand River Dr. As it is almost entirely flood plain for the Grand River, the park will remain largely undeveloped, left in its natural state. The park borders a larger 120-acre parcel donated to Ada Township. Along the bank of the river is a paved asphalt trail for pedestrians or bicyclists. The trail is, at this time, the only way into the park, until the township secures access for vehicle traffic across a railroad line that runs parallel to Grand River Dr.
*Dog Policy: Dogs must be kept on a leash and cleaned up after in all Township parks.
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