Albion is located at the forks of the Kalamazoo River in beautiful south-central Michigan. Combining rolling hills with scenic forests, lakes, and streams, this part of the Great Lakes State offers scenic views and an abundance of outdoor activities all year round. For the outdoor enthusiast, the Albion area offers river and lake activities including fishing, boating, canoeing, and water skiing. Eight of the city’s seventeen parks are located on the river.
Albion River Trail
Completed in October 2007, the Albion River Trail is a 10-14 foot wide paved path that runs along the Kalamazoo River for 1.6 miles through Albion. This non-motorized vehicle trail (with the exception of vehicles for handicap accessibility) allows for walks, runs, bike rides and even rollerblading and skateboarding.
The largest park in the city, Victory Park was named in commemoration of the Allied Victory in World War I. Today, it is a popular location for a number of recreational activities.
The park boasts baseball and football fields, a popular disc golf course, courts for shuffleboard, basketball and volleyball, a skating pond, a small beach and swimming area, a fitness trail, a recreation pavilion (the recreation pavilion may be rented for use by groups or individuals), and a tranquil ambience. Wintertime sledding on the hill and summer musical performances in the band shell draw large numbers of visitors to Victory Park.
Whitehouse Nature Center
Whitehouse Nature Center is a 135-acre preserve with scenic nature trails. Located on the Kalamazoo River and adjacent to the Albion College campus, it is used both for field instruction in the sciences and for quiet walks and observation. An Interpretive Center was built in 1977 to house a classroom, work space and a place for permanent nature displays. The Nature Center is named after Dr. William W. Whitehouse, president of the College, 1945-1960.
The City of Albion Recreation Department offers many opportunities year round for sports and recreation for all ages in a variety of activities. They can be reached at (517) 629-5535.
In addition to disc golf at Victory Park, there are several golf courses in the area, including the beautiful public course at Tomac Woods. Call Tomac at (517) 629-8241.
The Forks community page highlights many more aspects of Albion life including places of worship as well as volunteer programs.
Also, visit the Greater Albion Alliance page to see how Albion community members work together to form the “Smart Community”.