Adventures On Land
Biking & Skating
Everyone from road cyclists, trail bikers, and afternoon cruisers will enjoy adventuring through the area on their favorite two-wheeler of choice. Recreational trails offer rugged terrain for beginner to advanced mountain bike riders. Winding country roads provide smooth surfaces for road cyclists, and Alpena’s 18 ½ mile Bi-Path takes pleasure bikers on a tranquil loop throughout the city.
Riverside Skate Park
Skateboarders and rollerbladers can try their skills at this free park. Located on Ninth Ave. east of the bridge, Riverside Skate Park features 15,000 square feet of surface with 14 ramps and elements, including a halfpipe and a Mini Skate Park designed for the beginning skater with ramps 3-4 feet high. Safety equipment is recommended, and skating enthusiasts use at their own risk.
Alpena Bike Park
This new park is for BMX bikes only. The Alpena Bike Park is located at Mich-E-Ke-Wis Park off of State Street. It consists of quarterpipes, a jump box and a grind box. Safety equipment is recommended, and bikers use at their own risk. The park is free and is open from dawn until dusk.
Geocaching is an entertaining adventure game for GPS users. Pronounced geo-cashing, it is the sport of treasure hunting using a Global Positioning Unit instead of a map. There are many caches hidden in the Alpena area and a regional organization meets regularly and hosts events.
The Northern Michigan Geocachers main objective is coming together in order to socialize in a family friendly atmosphere, discuss our activities, plan and execute various larger events, promote the educational benefits associated with geocaching, contribute group volunteerism in our communities, forests and recreational areas, as well as increasing traffic at our caches. Our activities are organized through our regular meetings, in our online c hat, and in our forum.
Alpena’s newest fitness club is dedicated to improving health and inspiring life. Located in Alpena Regional Medical Center’s new HealthPlex, Bay Athletic Club (BAC), offers group exercise classes, Women’s Express (30-minute circuit), personal training, massage therapy and more! BAC also offers member day care services and the Sunprint Café – their own juice and coffee bar. For more information, call or visit web site.
Besser Natural Area & Ghost Village of Bell
Located just 14 miles north of Alpena. Take US-23 North to East Grand Lake Road. Turn Right onto Besser Bell Road. Look for DNR signs.
This serene one-mile foot trail leads through an area formerly inhabited by the people of the Village of Bell. Some remains of buildings, a virgin stand of white pine trees, a lagoon and beautiful beach. The shipwreck, Portland, lies just off the coast to the north near Bell Bay.
GPS: 45.18231, -83.71981, near the corner of Leer Rd. and Maple Lane Rd., approx. 20 minutes from Alpena
The 2.5-acre Bruski Sink is located off Leer Rd near the intersection of Maple Lane Rd. Carefully walk the southern edge of Bruski Sink. This sink was used as an unauthorized dumpsite (as many sinkholes were in previous decades) prior to 1999 when it’s clean up began. A 75 ft. crane donated by Moran Iron Works lowered dumpsters into this sink to facilitate the removal of cars, refrigerators, rusting containers of motor oil, and rusting farm machinery from the sides and bottom. This sink increased in depth from 85 ft. to 115 ft. after the removal of the debris during a nine year cleanup process. The debris removal reduced the risk of further underground water contamination and allows visitors a more visual perspective of the width and depth of this sink.
More information is available at the Alpena Visitor Welcome Center located at 420 N. Second Ave., Alpena, MI 49707