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Location:

The Ledges

Grand Ledge, just west of Lansing

Population:

Approximately 7,784

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The Ledges is a 5-mile long formation of the largest outcropping of sedimentary rock in Central Michigan. The stones rise 60 feet above the shores of the Grand River and span three local parks: Fitzgerald Park, Lincoln Brick Park, and Oak Park. The Ledges rock formation can be dated back 300 million years. This area was once rich in minerals such as coal. While no limestone is found near the Ledges, you may discover Pennsylvanian-age quartz, sandstone, and shale.

This wonder is the perfect destination if you love the outdoors all year-round, with hiking trails that convert perfectly to cross-country skiing and sledding areas. Water activities, including fishing and kayaking, are available; however, you may want to bundle up and skip them during the winter months because the Grand River gets cold. Lace up your hiking boots and hit some of the trails at the parks to appreciate a variety of native plants and wildlife. While taking in all there is to offer, don't hesitate to snap a few pictures as this destination has the perfect background!

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