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Bear River Valley Recreation Area

101 E. Lake Street,
Petoskey, MI 49770

The Bear River has more falls than any river in the lower peninsula of Michigan. Today, you'll find a river that has been beautifully restored, with walking paths and lookouts that will keep even experienced whitewater kayaks entertained and coming back for more. The Bear River Valley also features steep bluffs, unpaved trails, concrete path, boardwalks, whitewater rapids, and forest areas all in the heart of the City of Petoskey. Natural forest and open space areas are rich in plant species and local history. The park is, for the most part, undeveloped and is currently used for primarily passive activities including hiking, cross-country skiing, fishing, rafting, environmental education and rock hounding. There are several large open grass areas and shelters that can accommodate group gatherings. Its natural setting and high water quality of the Bear River make it an important ecological value within Petoskey.

Monday: Open 24 hours
Tuesday: Open 24 hours
Wednesday: Open 24 hours
Thursday: Open 24 hours
Friday: Open 24 hours
Saturday: Open 24 hours
Sunday: Open 24 hours
Recreation Type
Biking / Hiking Trails Fishing

Google Reviews



2 months ago
What a treasure! Nice walking trails paved and gravel. Kid friendly. Dog friendly. Very picturesque. Definitely an inner city treasure. Bathrooms and picnic tables available.

Caitlin Raines

2 months ago
It was beautiful to walk during the holidays and see that people had decorated some of the trees for Christmas! Perfect weather and time with Papa outside... Let these boys get some energy out! And this time of year, fields of Forget-me-nots in bloom! You can never go wrong hiking here ❤️ fresh air and water for the soul!

Alicia Nowell

2 months ago
This is my favorite trail in Petoskey area when I have little kids with undetermined stamina reserves. I love that one side feels like I'm in the woods while the other has a nice, wide, accessible, smooth paved path with plenty of access points back up to Petoskey city area.

April Rosa

a month ago
This place was recommended to us by a local business owner and we found several large Petoskey Stones.

Rebecca Spenelli

2 years ago
Lovely place for a family hike. Paved trails, and dirt trails for the more adventurous. The river has some pretty decent rapids for the water adventurer. Native wildflowers throughout the woods and end of trails. Public bathrooms and picnic pavilions also available. Little bit of nature in the Middle of Petoskey. Highly recommended.

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