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Bear River Valley Recreation Area

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Great trail in town, along river

Whether biking or walking, this is a great trail (maybe too short). Benches along the way with... read more

Reviewed 25 July 2016
Waterford, MI
Fun with family

Kids had a blast with the waves splashing on the Boardwalk. Beautiful lake and awesome views. Best... read more

Reviewed 3 July 2016
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
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101 E Lake St, Petoskey, MI 49770-2491
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Reviewed 25 July 2016

Whether biking or walking, this is a great trail (maybe too short). Benches along the way with stairs and trails off the side for exploring (adorable little man-made waterfall about halfway through before the pavilion). Bathroom at the start of the trail (near Bayfront park),...More

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank JenniferLynn920
Reviewed 20 July 2016

The community has done an excellent job with the Bear River Valley. Beautiful scenery with easy to follow trails. You'll see lots of fishermen at the bridge, and likely will see Kayakers too. White water kayaking at its best. Large covered picnic area with lots...More

Date of experience: July 2016
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Reviewed 3 July 2016 via mobile

Kids had a blast with the waves splashing on the Boardwalk. Beautiful lake and awesome views. Best time to visit is when big waves are present.

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank greygal2
Reviewed 28 June 2016

The Bear River Valley offers beautiful scenery at no cost. The paths are easy to follow. It's proximity to Little Traverse Bay made it even more enjoyable.

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank Keith S
Reviewed 27 June 2016 via mobile

Very nice relaxing place to walk along and see nature. It's very quite other than the water. It's a great way to spend an afternoon

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank James D
Reviewed 24 June 2016 via mobile

I grew up a 10 minute walk from here and love what they've done with it since I left. I also got into Whitewater kayaking since leaving and rent from the bonhof when Im in town. Lots of fun on an inflatable or a WW...More

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank Friendjamin
Reviewed 14 June 2016 via mobile

The waters edge is beautiful with the clearest water running on the rocks. Nice trails , grassy areas with picnic tables . Beautiful spot for bird watching , saw people looking for the Petroskey stones . The concrete pier has a small light house and...More

Date of experience: June 2016
1  Thank glenda w
Reviewed 26 April 2016

Such a adventure we loved it we took lots of pictures and got to see some really cool views it was free to visit . Very cool place even for kids they were never board

Date of experience: April 2016
1  Thank Heather3182016
Reviewed 28 March 2016 via mobile

We love this place and visit often. It's a lovely walk from the bay back in to the woods. Kayaking is pretty intense. I'm a moderately experienced kayaker and likely would not attempt this. If you do, make sure to have a helmet.

Date of experience: November 2015
1  Thank 88jordane
Reviewed 24 March 2016 via mobile

I really enjoyed the walkway along the river. It has a cellphone tour that is very interesting. The best part is the tranquility

Date of experience: October 2015
1  Thank will b
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