It is said that stepping into the outdoors is like truly stepping into yourself. With more than 1,000 acres of parkland, Isabella County is filled with opportunities to unplug from the hustle and bustle of life, and embrace the tranquility of the outdoors. Whether you’re a(n) adventurer, relaxer, stroller or fun seeker, the Mt. Pleasant area provides the best locations to be you, freely!


With over 8 miles of hiking and biking trails Deerfield Nature Park is perfect for adventurers. The trails lead you down a path of natural beauty where you encounter swinging bridges, a covered bridge, the famous Chippewa River and more!


Vacation is a time to sit back and relax, right? If you like the feeling of sand between your toes and kids playing in the background as you read your favorite novel, Coldwater Lake Family Park has what you seek. Catch some rays while laying on the beach, take a dip in the cool, refreshing water, all while the kids can burn off some energy on the newly updated playground.

Do you prefer to hang around and sway to the breeze? Mt. Pleasant features a number of places to set up a hammock and wind down. Local favorites include Deerfield Nature Park, the beach area near Mill Pond Park and Central Michigan University’s campus near the Botanical Gardens.


Once you are done traveling, it’s important to stretch the legs and get the blood flowing. Stroll through five city parks with the guidance of the GKB Riverwalk Trail/Access Adventure Trail. The trail is a little under two miles long and runs from Chipp-A-Waters Park (south of High Street) to Pickens Field (north of Island Park in Downtown Mt. Pleasant).

Fun Seekers
Island Park in Downtown Mt. Pleasant is a one-stop spot for fun seekers! The park is home to the Spray Park, Skate Park, Timbertown 2.0, pavilions, horseshoe pits, grills and more! Let the kids play at Timbertown 2.0 or cool off at the Spray Park, and the adults can cookout on park grills and get competitive in a game of horseshoes.

Speaking of competition, Deerfield Nature Park features two disc golf courses perfect for an afternoon with friends. It doesn’t matter if you’re a pro or just getting started, disc golf is a great way to get active and enjoy the fresh, summer air!

For more information on outdoor adventure, visit our Recreation page for more great ideas.

Plan your Mt. Pleasant summer vacation by visiting our Lodging page.