New Year’s Day Albion – Walk the Trail

Get outside on the most excellent day of the year to date, Sunday, January 1, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. and take a short walk with some friends.

Where? Drive on M-99 south of Albion, past the cemetery and up the hill to where the Elks Club is on your right, but turn left into Ménwabek Meadow Park, 10750 28 Mile Rd, Albion, MI 49224.  What will the weather be like? Well over freezing, the weather is forecast to be sunny and 41 degrees at 1:00 on the 1st.

Here is a short link to the event page on Facebook:

Saturday June 4 2022 is National Trails Day. It’s always the first Saturday in June. People in Albion were in for a treat with two ceremonies featuring our trail extensions.

Albion, Michigan already has more parks per capita than any other city in the United States. In 2022, another park was added. Although technically, Ménwabek Meadow Park is not a city park, it is a Calhoun County Park located within the Albion City limits.

Above is a Google map of the path from the trailhead to Victory Park. When walking this way, on the left will be Riverside Cemetery and to the right in the distance, the Nancy Held Equestrian Center owned by Albion College.

The Calhoun County Parks and Recreation Department hosted a name unveiling and community walk on June 4 at the newly completed park in Albion Township at 10750 28 Mile Rd, Albion MI. The new name is Ménwabek Meadow Park.” The name is a Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi translation of “beautiful metal.” This name symbolizes the park’s purpose as an Iron Belle Trailhead and its restoration to a wildflower meadow.*

The name “Ménwabek” is a Potawatomi translation of “beautiful metal,” to mark the park’s role as a trailhead for the Iron Belle Trail.

After the unveiling, a 3-mile group walk took place from the county park trailhead to Victory Park and back.

The newest County park hosts 65 acres of scenic, restored prairie habitat and woodlands, along with a paved trail, kiosk, and benches. The park also serves as a trailhead for the Iron Bell Trail, Albion River Trail, and the North Country Trail.

This park offers proximity to Albion College’s campus, the Nancy G. Held Equestrian Center, Whitehouse Nature Center, the Kalamazoo River, and downtown Albion. A shared hope in the community is that this trailhead will become a welcoming and dynamic recreational use area, increasing awareness and public access to many new opportunities. Albion College, Kalamazoo River Recreational Foundation, Calhoun County Parks Millage, and Michigan DNR funded the development of this park.

Click here to see a page on the North Country Trail website specifically about Albion and the portion of the trail that goes through Albion.

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Victory Park – with its iconic waterfall shown above, was begun with a plan in the year 1919 in honor and memory of our soldiers and sailors who served in World War I.  Victory Park is also the home of Albion’s “Sledding Hill,” and the Victory Park bandshell, where free music is offered many summer Sunday evenings. Learn more about the waterfall in Victory Park here:

Holland Park, named for Robert Holland, honors those who worked to bring about equity in the education of Albion’s youth. This park was once the home of a segregated school in Albion.  Learn more about Holland Park on this link:

Albion’s residents and visitors enjoy the use of over 90 acres of land set aside for public use, plus 5 trails that pass through the community.  This web site includes information about the land, and the community resources of Albion, Michigan.  Learn more about the trails in Albion on this page:

Browse select articles and covers from The Recorder newspaper, and information about other local media including Albion e-news. 

Our older website,, with the brick background was begun in 1995, and this includes more Albion history from Frank Passic.

Visit the index of helpful Albion websites for all of those links.