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Explore Our Parks and Trails

Discover the Natural Beauty of Meridian

Meridian Township provides a park or natural area within 15-20 minute walk of every  Township resident. That is approximately 2000 steps (on your pedometer) closer to
a healthier lifestyle. With over 900 acres of land on 29 park properties with 20 miles of trails and ~80 miles of pedestrian/bicycle pathways, we have numerous opportunities for you and your family to enjoy getting to your destination of choice along the Trails of Meridian. Check out our parks!

Trails and Pathways

Trail Maps

  • Harris Nature Center

    Harris Nature Center
    1. Address:3998 VanAtta Rd.
      Okemos, MI 48864
    2. Phone:517.349.3866
    1. Canoe and Kayak Launch
    2. Drinking Fountain
    3. Fishing Dock
    4. Natural Trails
    5. Nature Building
    6. Nature Exploration Area
    7. Open Space
    8. Parking
    9. Paved Trail(s)
    10. Picnic Area(s)
    11. Portable Toilet
    12. Rest Rooms
    13. River Overlook
    1. Nature Center

Meridian Riverfront Trail Map and Brochure 

The Harris Nature Center makes up 48 acres of a larger park called Meridian Riverfront Park. This property was purchased in 1986 with Land and Water Conservation funds. The Harris Nature Center opened its doors to the public on July 22, 1997. The nature center offers environmental activities and outdoor recreation opportunities focusing on protecting, promoting and interpreting the Red Cedar River. The building offers interpretive exhibits, live Michigan animal displays, nature murals by local artists and a variety of environmental programs for schools and the general public. Park amenities include a 1/2 mile paved trail, natural trails that connect to Eastgate Park and a Nature Exploration Area where people can intuitively interact with nature.  

Trails are open every day from dawn until dusk.

Nature Center Building Hours Beginning July 7, 2020 (Except Holidays): 

• Closed on Sundays and Mondays 
• Tuesday - Saturday: 10 am - 2 pm

Meridian Riverfront Park Map


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