Sep 8, 2017

Reconnect with Nature at River Bends Park in Shelby Township



Whether you are looking for a place to run, walk or ride your bike, have a picnic or just reconnect with nature, River Bends Park inShelby Township has it.

This gorgeous nature park at Ryan and Hamlin roads could take a few visits to fully explore. We have been there several times and still find cool new things, like the awesome disc golf course. The park, which is more than 600 acres, is divided by the Clinton River. There are places to wade and kayak as well.

River Bends is equipped with restrooms, trash cans and several play structures, mostly for kids 3-12. None are fenced in, so if you have runners or wanderers, keep a close eye.


The park is also home to the Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center, which has events. There is also a shooting range (trap and archery) so you might hear shots.

If you like to bike, run or walk, there are miles of paved and unpaved trails. WE haven’t done them, but there are also highly regarded mountain biking trails (single and double track) in the park.

On a recent sunny afternoon, we had fun walking along the trails and watching the disc golfers. We also checked out the playgrounds and picked up a few geocaches (the park has a few; some have not been maintained). We saw families picnicking and relaxing; there are picnic shelters you can rent and volleyball and horseshoe pits as well.

We also saw a few people fishing and according to the park’s website that’s perfectly OK as long as you have a proper license. Sporting goods stores sell them, as does Meijer.

If you want to spend a fun day reconnecting with nature you can do that here; you can also be pretty active. Like another park in Shelby Township we recently visited (Mae Stecker) River Bends Park truly does have something for everyone.

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