Historic Bridge Park

Location – 14930 9 Mile Road in Emmett Twp.

Historic Bridge Park, formerly known as “County Park”, exists along the Kalamazoo River and Dickinson Creek. This park was considered a “Roadside Park” for many years because of its location, adjacent to F Drive North. Since the abandonment of F Drive North and the creation of Wattles Road and the bridge over the Kalamazoo River, the park is more of a passive recreation area with a scenic overview of the river. The Historic Bridge Park offers many passive recreational opportunities such as picnicing, walking/hiking, bike riding, fishing, boating and wildlife observation. [More info]

In the Spring of 2007, the Kalamazoo Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Division and local high school students put the finishing touches to establish an urban trout fishery in Dickinson Creek that runs through the Historic Bridge Park. The Dickinson Creek Stream Restoration Project 2007 consisted of installing 2 cross vanes of rock within the creek, adding natural materials to the creek including pine limbs and adding native grasses along the creek bed. These efforts hope to transform the creek to a healthy habitat for trout. Please stop and take a look, but don’t remove any of the rocks from the creek, to allow this site future enjoyment to all!

A boat launch is available for access to the beautiful Kalamazoo River

The trailhead for the County Linear Trailway is located within the park. The County Linear Trailway will eventually connect to the Battle Creek Linear Trail as well as the Marshall Riverwalk. The North Country Trail is also associated with this trailway system and is identified by the blue blazes throughout the park.

The County Linear Trailway and North Country Trail go thru Dixon's Bridge built by the Michigan Central Railroad in 1891.

The most unique aspect of Historic Bridge Park is the restored bridges that exist within it. The bridges are an integral part of the trailway system. The concept of Historic Bridge Park is to rehabilitate historic bridges, which can no longer serve vehicular transportation, to another use such as pedestrian or non-motorized activities. The restored bridges are placed within the park to serve not only as part of a pedestrian path, but also as a “hands on” exhibit of Michigan’s transportation history and the technology of cast iron and steel fabrication.

The 133rd Avenue Bridge was the first bridge to be restored and relocated to the park. It is originally from Allegan County, Hopkins Township.

Please take the time to visit one of the most unique parks in the area.