Winter Hours of Operation – Weather permitting will begin Friday, December 13, 2013.
Fridays *4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturdays *10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sundays *Noon to 6 p.m.
December 23-January 4 **Unless otherwise noted below
*10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
**December 24, 31, January 1 *10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
**December 25 Closed
*Hours of operation determined by weather
City Forest – Winter Activities
The sledding hill is lighted and available for sledding (at your own risk) daily from 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. Bring your plastic sled or tube to our groomed sledding hill. Sleds are available for rental for $2.00 per sled per two-hour rental. Sorry, for safety reasons, toboggans, steel runner sleds and snowboards are not permitted on the sled hill.
City Forest has four iced, elevated runs. Toboggans can be rented for $6 per hour, for a two-hour maximum. The toboggan run is operational as weather permits and only available when staff is present. Toboggans must be rented from the City Forest; no personal toboggans are allowed. Reservations are not taken for tobogganing.
Skating & Hockey
There’s an outdoor skating rink at City Forest as weather permits. There is no fee to skate on this rink. Skate rental is available during hours of operation; cost is just $2.00 per pair per two-hour rental.
Cross Country Skiing
Midland City Forest offers wonderful cross country skiing on groomed trails for classic and skate skiing. Trails are designed for skiers of all levels, from beginner to an advanced 11k loop. A 1k (.6 of a mile) beginner trail is lighted from dusk until 8 p.m. every evening that the City Forest is open. City Forest can also be utilized by horses in the spring, summer and fall months. We ask that during the winter season when cross country ski trails are being groomed that equestrians do not utilize the trail system.
Rental Rates: Classic skis, boots and poles can be rented for $10 per two-hour rental, skate skis can be rented for $15 per two-hour rental, and they are available at the garage at the west end of the parking lot.
Trail Maps: Click here for a map of the cross country ski trails. Hard copies of the trail maps are available at the trail head mailbox or at the ski rental shed. For skiing conditions in Michigan click here https://www.nordicskiracer.com/cgi-bin/Trails/TrailReportView.asp?range=2 .
During winter, there is an outdoor ice rink, sled hills, cross country skiing, and an old-fashioned toboggan run to enjoy at City Forest, Midland’s 520-acre nature park. Read below for more on specific wintertime recreational opportunities. Click here for frequently asked questions regarding snow shoeing and other activities in the park in the winter.
City Forest – To view a MapQuest map to City Forest, click here.
2840 E. Monroe Rd. (1/4 mile west of Eastman Ave.), Midland, MI 48640
Call: 989-835-7011 during hours of operation or the Parks Office at 989-837-6930