Midland City Forest

City Forest Chalet Closed (002)

City Forest Operations, Chalet to Remain Closed for 2020 Winter Season

December 11, 2020 – Out of an abundance of caution amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, City of Midland Parks and Recreation will not open Midland City Forest for winter operations during the winter 2020 season.

The City Forest Chalet will remain closed for winter recreation equipment rentals and concessions and the toboggan runs will not be open to the public. Staff will groom the sledding hill, ski trails, and ice skating rink for patrons to use with their own equipment. Portable restroom facilities will be made available outside the Chalet for visitor use.

For questions or additional information, contact the Parks and Recreation office at 989-837-6930 or by email at recreation@midland-mi.org during regular office hours, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

About Midland City Forest

Midland City Forest is owned and operated by the City of Midland Parks and Recreation Department. In the winter, City Forest transforms into the region's premier winter recreation destination. The forest offers a variety of winter recreation opportunities. City Forest features Michigan’s only hand-packed toboggan runs. Each at a tenth of a mile long, these 4 snow-packed, iced and elevated toboggan runs are a fan favorite. City Forest maintains 7.5 miles of groomed trails (including a .7 mile lighted loop) for cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. Also, there are 13 miles of mountain biking trails that are open year-round. A large rink in front of the Chalet is ideal for ice skaters of all levels. Our groomed and lighted sledding hill is available for sledding until late evening. Use your own sled! When it’s time to warm up, the City Forest Chalet is the best place for cocoa and a bird's eye view of the fun! You can bring your own sleds, skates and skis or rent ours when the Chalet is open! There is no charge to enter the park.

City Forest winter recreational activities will be available as weather allows. Look for weather condition updates posted on our web pages and social media sites. 

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.


In the winter months, City Forest is transformed into a winter recreation park complete with sledding, ice skating, tobogganing, cross country skiing and snowshoeing.

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