LANSING — State Sen. Judy Emmons announced today that residents are invited to join in the celebration of the expansion of the Sleepy Hollow State Park’s trail system.
“Enjoying trails in the outdoors in a state park is one of the things that make Michigan a great place to live and raise a family,” said Emmons, R-Sheridan. “The new trails will expand opportunities for families and outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy the park. It was all made possible by the support of the Sleepy Hollow Trail Riders Association. I applaud them for their dedication and encourage residents to come out and enjoy a day in Sleepy Hollow.”
The ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for noon on Saturday and will take place at the new South Loop trailhead adjacent to the equestrian staging area. The state park is located at 7835 E. Price Rd. in Laingsburg in Clinton County.
Sleepy Hollow State Park provides facilities for picnicking, 181 non-equestrian camping sites, fishing, swimming, boating and miles of hiking and biking trails. The new trail is over three miles in length and connects to 6.5 miles of equestrian trails and 11 miles of biking and hiking trails. The addition will be open for winter activities such as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. A portion of the trail will be available for snowmobiling.
Both the multi-use and equestrian trail sections were developed and funded through the financial and volunteer support of the Sleepy Hollow Trail Riders Association, a nonprofit organization formed in 1997 to create and maintain the equestrian staging area and trails. Residents can learn more about the group by visiting its website at www.shtra.org.
Refreshments will be served following the ceremony. Admission to the event is free; however, a Michigan Recreation Passport is required for vehicles entering the park.
Residents can purchase the Recreation Passport ($10 for motor vehicles; $5 for motorcycles) at any state park or recreation area or by checking “YES” on their license plate renewal forms. To learn more about the passport, visit www.michigan.gov/recreationpassport or call 517-241-7275.