With 26 miles of paved pathway, Linear Park is a crux for connective trails, such as the North Country Trail.
You can ride your bike or go for a jog across nearly all of the city. Along the way, you’ll find places to picnic, playgrounds, fishing, and historical and cultural points-of-interest. Dome highlights include:
- Leila Arboretum: A large park that boasts cultivated horticultural areas such as Fragrant Hill, a native plant garden and the Kaleidoscope Garden. Art pieces include sculptures carved from trees and the Bee-lloon.
- Irving Park and Kellogg Community College: Across from the community college is a small Japanese garden and pond with geese. Keep following the trail to the college, where there’s a one-mile loop around Spring Lake.
- Downtown: One of the best stretches for a walk has picturesque bridges and local landmarks. Start at South Washington Avenue, then follow the Battle Creek River past Kellogg World Headquarters, the Math and Science Center, the old train station that is now Clara’s on the River, and then on to the Kellogg House gardens and stop at the Underground Railroad Statue on Division Street North. It’s about a mile of walking.
- Riverside Loop: This is a popular exercise loop around Riverside Elementary, from lone joggers to families pushing strollers. The space is open and it’s very accessible.