City Forest

Midland City Forest is owned and operated by the City of Midland Parks and Recreation Department.  At 520 acres, City Forest is Midland's largest park and is perfect for year-round outdoor activities.  There is no charge to enter the park at any time.

Spring - Summer - Fall 

In the months without snow, City Forest is a mecca for bikers, runners, hikers and outdoor enthusiasts.  There are two trail systems within the forest.  Please click on the links to the left for more information about the trail systems.


In the winter months, City Forest is transformed into a Winter Sports Park complete with sledding, ice skating, tobogganing, cross country skiing and snowshoeing. Click on the links to the left on more information about the amenities of the City Forest Winter Sports Park. 
Summer Activities

In addition, there are 13 miles of mountain biking trails that are open year-round. With plenty of steep hills, twists and turns, these trails provide an exciting ride even for experienced riders.  There is also a mountain biking skills development area available for riders to hone their mountain biking abilities. 

There are two sets of trail systems within City Forest; mountain biking trails and hiking/cross country ski trails.  Please note that these two systems are intertwined with each other and can confuse the novice rider/hiker/skier.  We ask users to please familiarize themselves as much as possible with the corresponding map for their activity.  There are markers along each route, but these markers are sometimes vandalized or fall prey to weather.  Please note that the map at the trail head of the forest is the mountain biking map.

Equestrian Use
City Forest may be utilized by equestrians in the spring, summer and fall months.  Owners are asked to please refer to the cross country ski trail map as horse trails and to steer clear of all mountain biking trails.  We also ask that during the winter season when cross country ski trails are being groomed, equestrians refrain from using the trail system.

Winter Activities

Toboggan Runs
During the winter, City Forest is best known for its elevated toboggan runs, each a .10 of a mile long. The two towers hold two hand-packed, iced runs that allow participants to ride to and from the towers. The toboggan runs are available for use during winter hours of operation (weather permitting). Please call ahead for availability.

Sled Hill
The sled hill is groomed daily and available for sledding at your own risk. The hill is also lighted for night use until 10 p.m. Sorry, no steel runner sleds, toboggans or snow boards are allowed on the hill. Sleds can be rented from the chalet during hours of operation.  When conditions are favorable, snow is made on site for the sled hill.

Ice Skating
There is one large ice skating rink found at City Forest. This rink is for ice skating only. Skates can be rented from the chalet during hours of operation.

The forest provides 11 kilometers of groomed trails perfect for cross country skiing or snowshoeing. Trails range from beginner to advanced levels.


Snowshoes were introduced in 2016 and provide another great way to enjoy the trails of the forest.

City Forest Cafe
Visitors can complete their winter trip to the Forest with a snack and a cup of hot chocolate in the chalet during hours of operation.
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Contact Us

  1. City Forest
    2840 E. Monroe Rd.
    (Located 1/4 mile west of Eastman Rd.)
    Midland, MI 48642

    Ph: 989-837-6930  (Parks and Recreation Office)

    Ph: 989-835-7011 (City Forest-During Winter Hours of Operation)

    Ph: 989-399-0506 (Weather Hotline)

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