Falling Waters Trail is a major east-west component of the Jackson County
Regional Trail plan, connecting Cascades, Ella Sharp, Lime Lake and
Swains Lake parks in south-central Michigan’s Jackson County with the
city of Jackson. The Trail has been dedicated as a Jackson County Park.
mission of the Friends of the Falling Waters Trail, a 501c3 nonprofit
organization, is to raise funds and public awareness for the development
and improvement of the Falling Waters Trail County Park. We have received
overwhelming support from citizens in the Jackson, Concord and Spring
Arbor areas. We hope you will join them in supporting the construction
of the Falling Waters Trail.
Falling Waters Trail is a 10.5 mile linear non-motorized County Park
based on the old Michigan Central railroad bed. It runs between Weatherwax Drive and the Village of Concord, Michigan. This Trail
connects Summit, Spring Arbor and Concord townships and crosses Lime
Lake on an old
causeway. It connects at its east end to Jackson’s Inter City Trail
which continues east three miles into downtown Jackson. You will find
bicycle lanes painted throughout the city for safe cycling.
2014 Summer Newsletter
Weatherwax Trailhead access update: " Weatherwax
Trailhead hopefully will be open next week June 30th. The work
was completed as of last Friday and the new curbs to finish the
road will be worked on this week (June 23 - 27).
What is a Giant Hogweed?
Recently there has been concern
about a plant that is poisonous to the touch causing a burn like rash. It is
called Giant Hogweed. Recently a trail user brought to the attention of the
board a plant that could be just that. Pictures were taken and sent to the DNR
for verification. The DNR website has a lot of very good information about this
plant and the many look a likes. Giant Hogweed needs to be removed by persons
in full body suits and in a manner that does not allow it to touch on any skin
surfaces. Our plants that were on the south side of the trail east of Reynolds
road were found to be Cow Parsnips, very similar in appearance to Giant Hogweed.
So if you had thoughts, not to worry. Thank you Don Nelson – trail member for
bringing the question forward.
Meet the new Director of
Jackson County Parks - Scott Robbins.
If you want to do more for
the trail and would consider a board position (10 meetings a
year) or help putting a
together (4 times a year), please respond to this email
Share this newsletter with friends, feel free to forward and/or print.
Watch the Kiosks for
updated information on a change in the bollards (posts at the
trail intersections) and the trail connector that will go to
Cascades from the Inter city trail -
Have you ever traveled down
the Intercity Trail to Downtown? Give it a try.
Happy Spring - Watch for
the Trillium that will soon sprout and bloom in the trees along
See all announcements and events
Welcome to the 2014 Wild Life Marathon!
...this is our 6th running.
The purpose of this annual event is
to raise funds to help maintain the Falling Waters Trail and to
support local community and county park improvements to the trail.
for more info.
EYES AND EARS ON THE TRAIL
Safety is always a top
priority for us on the Falling Waters Trail. To support law
enforcement agencies that spend some time on the trail,
we'd like to begin an organized effort to have volunteers on the
trail to help insure a pleasant experience. If you're
available, give Parks Director, Brandon Ransom, a call at
Friends of the Falling Waters Trail
c/o Jackson County Parks
1992 Warren Ave
Jackson MI 49203