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 Community College offers a forty acre, eighteen-hole, disc golf course that is free and open to the public. Lumberjack Meadows is located on Woodward Avenue, approximately one-half mile northeast of the railroad tracks and soccer fields. Discs are available for purchase at Direct Skate Shop, 835 W. Chisholm Street in Alpena.
Maple Ridge Township Park
End of LaComb Road in Maple Ridge Township, approx. 15 minutes northwest of the city of Alpena
45 rustic forested acres along a branch of Thunder Bay River. Enjoy a picnic in the pavilion, hike the foot trails over the steel frame bridge, fish, bird watch, or just relax and listen to the small river rapids.
- Picnic area
- Swing set
Mystery Valley Sinkhole
GPS: 45.21225, -83.73243
Mystery Valley is a unit of the Thunder Bay Karst Preserve, along with Stevens Twins Sinks and Bruski Sink. The 76-acre Mystery Valley Karst Preserve and Nature Sanctuary is located in Presque Isle County just a few miles north of the Thunder Bay Karst Preserve. It contains one of the largest karst “collapse valleys” in the Great Lakes region, several dramatic earth cracks and a lake that rises and falls, and sometimes disappears! Visitors to the preserve can follow two self-guided trails: Earthcrack Trail and Valley Trail. Earthcrack Trail passes a series of cracks, including two that converge into one that’s several hundred feet long and nearly 15 feet deep. Following the Valley Trail, visitors can see fossils of marine invertebrates such as brachiopods, bryzoa and crinoids that lived some 350 million to 400 million years ago. Unlike a valley carved by a river, Mystery Valley was formed by the collapse of the surface into a labyrinth of subterranean chambers created by the water erosion of rock below. Mystery Valley is 1.5 miles long, 500 yards wide at its widest point and about 150 deep, making it one of the largest known collapse valleys in the Great Lakes region.
More information is available at the Alpena Visitor Welcome Center located at 420 N. Second Ave., Alpena, Mi
Negwegon State Park
GPS: 44.865832, -83.327580
Distance from Alpena: 20 miles South of Alpena on US-23. US-23 S. to Black River Rd. Follow Black River Rd East 1.5 miles, turn North on Sand Hill Rd. and go 2.5 miles, turn East at Negwegon State Park sign and go 1.5 miles to the day use parking area.
On-site facilities: Vault toilet, back-country camping, artesian well. At Negwegon you can transport yourself back in time and hike through the wilds of Michigan, just as rugged and pristine as when the first settlers arrived in Northeast Michigan. Mysterious, remote and undeveloped, Negwegon State Park is a hidden treasure with 10 miles of hiking trails and one of the most beautiful beaches on Lake Huron.
Northern Lights Arena is the only facility in Northeast Michigan to provides two first class, official NHL sized ice rinks within one building. Our state of the art primary rink provides seating for 1,200, an in-rink concession stand, six large, full service private locker rooms and an 1/8 mile rubberized running track.
Come experience a multitude of entertainment options, including, but not limited to; touring comedy acts, spine tingling rodeos, big circuit wrestling and womans roller derby. Spend some time visiting with high end dealers at one of our exclusive camping, trailer or boating expositions.
Northern Lights Arena is proudly the home for many local user groups, including a variety of hockey, figure skating and speed skating organizations. Please feel free to visit our Users Group Page to learn more. You just may find a great opportunity to join in and have fun!
Building a Life Without Limits Through Improved Fitness, Nutrition & Mind/Body Awareness
The Performance Locker is a personal performance training studio focused on helping the community restore overall health and wellness and connecting the population with the natural resources available in Northeast Michigan. Just as your DNA is unique to you, so is your fitness and nutrition formula. Practices and methods focus on individual differences and help people find the proper balance between improved fitness, nutrition, and mind/body awareness to achieve overall health and wellness.
The Performance Locker is NOT a gym, there are no treadmills or stationary weight machines. It is a functional movement and wellness activity facility. It operates on a low coach-to-client ratio through one-on-one sessions or small groups. Clients receive individualized attention to their health based on initial movement and nutrition screenings and progressions are individually layered.
Offerings include but are not limited to: small group fitness training, personal movement coaching, Pilates (mat and reformer), yoga, reiki, sound healing, personal nutrition counseling, outdoor recreation classes and workshops, outdoor gear rental, and guided outdoor adventure tours.
Rockport State Recreation Area Sinkholes
GPS: 45.202533, -83.384076, take US-23 North, turn right on Rockport Road, the park is at the end of Rockport Rd.
Rockport is Michigan’s 100th State Park and is the first State Park where you are allowed to take a piece of it home with you. There are 13 sinkholes located at Rockport as a result of the Karst topography of the area. One of the sinkholes is over 100 feet deep and filled with water from an underground aquifer. Search for Devonian Era fossils around the sinkholes or in the abandoned 300-acre limestone quarry located on the property. Visitors are allowed to take up to 25 pounds of rock per person from the park per year. While you are here also check out the old deep port harbor, remnants of the former limestone mining operations that sat on the property.
Rugged trails loop throughout the property. Hike, bike, or bring your horse to ride the trails.
Stevens Twin Sinkholes
GPS: 45.18231, -83.71981, near the corner of Leer Rd and Maple Lane Rd, approx. 20 minutes from Alpena.
Stevens Twin Sinks Preserve is a 31-acre parcel purchased in 1993 with gifts from William and Archie Stevens and other members and friends of the Michigan Karst Conservancy. In it are two sinkholes separated by a fragile saddle ridge, each sink is about 200 feet in diameter and 85 feet deep. Located across from the Bruski Sink on Leer Road near the intersection of Maple Lane Road, the Stevens Twin Sinks are a geological treat. Earth cracks are viewable at Stevens Preserve and indicate that the sink hole is slowly continuing to collapse and the surface is sliding toward the sink hole. This Preserve has two self-guided trails. One trail generally follows the perimeter of the sinkholes with a spur to the earth cracks. Another trail is found off the spur trail and takes visitors through the woods and meadows of the preserve and is marked with yellow and red flagging.
More information is available at the Alpena Visitor Welcome Center at 420 N. Second Ave, Alpena, MI 49707.
Thompson’s Harbor State Park
Located 24 miles north of Alpena on US 23 North
This natural area encompasses 5,000 acres of sand dunes, forests, upland and marsh. In Michigan, there are fewer than 50 remaining examples of “forested wet swale communities” of this quality. The area supports one of the largest known populations in the world of the federal and state-threatened dwarf lake iris, Michigan’s state wildflower. Thousands of iris shoots, and several other plant species of special concern grow in the area. Situated along seven and a half miles of Lake Huron shoreline, this undeveloped park provides a rustic retreat for hikers exploring the park’s six miles of trails. Hours of adventure can be had exploring trails, swimming in Lake Huron or playing in the sand dunes. Park at the trail-head off of US-23.
Knockerball is a single chamber inflatable sphere with inner handles and adjustable shoulder straps. With two or more Knockerballs the experience is catapulted into rip roaring laughter, exhilarating knocks and rolls that will keep you coming back for more. Organizing a KnockerSoccer game is truly a blast but we will warn you, organized games generally break down into literal knock down chaos with the only resulting pain being from laughing so hard and having way too much fun.
Drop in times are Tuesdays from 6p.m.-8p.m., Saturdays from 4p.m.-8p.m. and Sundays from 1p.m.-4p.m. Private party packages available.
Hotel rooms, Whirlpool Suites, 2-bedroom Villas, 3-bedroom Chalets with kitchens, living rooms, decks overlooking golf course. Restaurant, Meeting Space, RV Park, Elk Viewing Carriage/Sleigh Ride Gourmet Dinner & Wine Tasting, Quilting & Scrapbooking Retreats.
Featuring challenging golf, deluxe condo-style lodging, attentive staff and our unique and memorable elk viewing sleigh/carriage ride and gourmet dinner. Par 73, 6,712 yds., slope 120 to 131. Carved from mature forests.
- Restaurant on site
- Meeting Facilities
- Breakfast available
- Near/On Snowmobile trails
- In Room Spa
- Open Year Round
Thunder Bowl Lanes is your family fun destination spot. We offer bumper bowling, regular bowling, moonlight (blacklight) bowling, an arcade, great food and a full bar. We are a smoke free center.
If you’re looking for a little friendly competition or are just looking for a healthy social outlet we have bowling leagues for youth, adult mixed, seniors, men or women. Don’t worry about finding the time for league play, we have leagues in the morning, afternoon, evening and weekend. Whatever your schedule maybe we can find a league to suit you.
During winter hours we also offer birthday party packages, corporate parties, fundraising opportunities and private parties. Talk with us about your upcoming events and get details about having it here.
While enjoying your activities you can easily satisfy your appetite at “The Burger Shack” with a great selection of delicious food and refreshments.
The adults in your party can enjoy a cocktail while bowling or come and relax at our warm and friendly “Shooters Pub” and enjoy a full service bar.