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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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