Aspen Park is a year-round park featuring 100 acres of woods, paved and unpaved trails, tennis courts and some of the best scenery in Northern Michigan. Aspen Park, with its nearly two miles of paved trails, is used in the summer by bikers, hikers, and skaters enjoying the natural wonders of this gently rolling wooded terrain. In the winter, expertly groomed cross-country ski trails that range in degree of difficulty from beginner to intermediate provide the cross-country ski enthusiast an opportunity to journey through both hilly and wooded areas with two miles of trails lighted for night skiing. It is common to see plentiful wildlife throughout Aspen Park. Paved parking is available at the park entrance. Other amenities include tennis courts, picnic tables, and benches.
The Northern Michigan Chapter of the Michigan Mountain Bike Association constructed the Aspen Park Mountain Bike Trail, which consists of over 6.0 miles of beginner to intermediate level singletrack, within Aspen Park. The singletrack winds through stands of pine, hemlock, and maple and is a fast trail with hill climbs and switchbacks.
Aspen Park is open everyday (including weekends and holidays) from 6:00 am to 11:00 pm. Trail lights are on daily from 6:00 am until 8:00 am and then again from 5:00 pm until 11:00 pm.
MichiganTrailMaps.com says, "The 100-acre city of Gaylord park is unique because of its unique location; it's adjacent to the city elk pen, 105-acre enclosure that contains a herd of more than three dozen animals. The heart of the Aspen Park trail system are five short trails that form an easy 1.65-mile loop with two crossover spurs. Totaling 2 miles, all five are paved making them ideal for in-line skating as well as walking. In the winter they are groomed for Nordic skiing." Click here for trail maps!