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.
ACES Academy offers a nine-hole disc golf course on campus that is free to the public. Disc golf is played like “ball golf” except you throw a special disc. Holes are replaced by baskets and chains. The course is well marked and rules and information on how to play are posted at the entrance, which is located in the front parking lot of the school. Discs can be purchased at Direct Skate Shop in Alpena.
El Cajon Bay Underwater Sinkhole
GPS: 45.08629, -83.31786,
Karst geology features are prominent in and around the El Cajon Bay of Lake Huron. Earth cracks are common around the bedrock north and west rim of the bay. A large sinkhole in the bay is the outlet of an underground stream. Water discharge from the outlet empties into Lake Huron and, due to the constant flow and warmer temperature of water, the sinkhole never freezes over. When water levels in Lake Huron are high, the El Cajon sinkhole is submerged, but still visible on aerial photos. During low water levels like recent years, one can walk up to the edge of the sinkhole. The sinkhole discharge water has a different chemical composition than surface water of the bay and has a noticeable sulfur-like aroma. The property has excellent examples of untouched northern ferns and is a stronghold for the State’s wildflower, the Dwarf Lake Iris, which blooms in mid-May.
More information is available at the Alpena Visitor Welcome Center located at 420 N. Second Ave, Alpena, MI 49707