Saturday, February 16, 2008

Hofma Park a Hidden Gem in Ottawa County

Hofma Park is 400 acres of hiking, biking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, birdwatching and quiet activity opportunities. The park was created in the 1930's. Leave US 31 north of Holland, Michigan, and turn right on Ferris St. Travel 11.5 miles to the park, which is marked with a large sign.

Not all the facilities are open during the winter months, but there is a winter parking lot, and the trails are open for skiing and snowshoeing. There are several loop trails which can be combined for short or long excursions.

The primary trail is just over 4.5 miles, making for a decent day outing. The area is also a nature preserve, and many birds and animals can be observed. Take the green and yellow blazed trails to the northwest corner of the park and you will be at Potawatomie Bayou. A boardwalk crosses the wetlands, and you may have the chance to see many migratory waterfowl in season. Just beyond the bayou there is an elevated viewing platform.

There is also a northern access on Sleeper Road which is less used than the main entrance.

Dogs are welcome, but must be leashed.

from the Holland Sentinel, "Hofma Park a hidden gem in Ottawa County", by Steven Hoffman, Feb 14, 2008-
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