I am always on the hunt for well-maintained and paved trails that are great for bikes, scooters, and strollers, and the MLK Equality Trail provides just that. Starting in Downtown Jackson, the trail weaves its way past Ella Sharp Park and connects to the Falling Waters Trail.
We love to park at New Leaf Park and head South West on the trail. Our favorite part is the connector trail that runs between the MLK Equality Trail and Sparks Foundation County Park (commonly referred to as The Cascades). We routinely start at New Leaf Park, take the connector trail, and turn around when the connector trail hits Kibby Road to head back to the car – this is about a 2.4-mile route.
Location Name: MLK Equality Trail – starting at New Leaf Park
Address: 6HFJ+VJ Jackson, Michigan (copy and paste that into Google Maps, or search for New Leaf Park in your map app.) New Leaf Park is located near the intersection of 4th Street and Park Road in Jackson, Michigan.
Why we love it: Well-maintained and paved trail with scenic views and plenty of wildlife, and an easily accessible parking lot
Features: 3.4-mile section of paved trail, native plants and trees, connector trails (both paved and unpaved), perfect for biking, walking, and strollers
“Big’s Review”: It is an amazing trail because it connects to The Cascades, which is my favorite part. Bring your scooter or bike along and find the best spots for coasting on the connector trail.
Elizabeth’s Suggestion: Pack plenty of snacks and water. Little doesn’t mind the long stroller ride as long as we keep him well fed! Ha!
Toddler Approved? Yes
Stroller friendly? Yes
Big Kid Approved? Yes
Full Sun or Shade? Most of the MLK Equality Trail is full sun. The connector trail offers plenty of shade.
Restroom? No (there are restrooms at the Falling Waters parking lot, or at the parks)
Parking? Ample parking at the New Leaf Park lot
Hours: Dusk until dawn
Website: Click here to view the trail map
This trail is just one of the beautiful kid-friendly gems in Jackson. During our trail walks, we have seen deer, colorful birds, beautiful wildflowers, and even fresh mulberries growing along the trail, which makes this the perfect location to try out our Rainbow Scavenger Hunt! Big loves to bring his scooter along, and Little loves people watching from the stroller. If it’s a nice day, chances are we’ll see you on the trail!