City Forest Chalet

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About City Forest

Located at 2840 East Monroe, ¼ mile west of Eastman. City Forest is comprised of 520 acres of hardwoods and pines and is perfect for year-round outdoor activities. During the winter, City Forest is best known for its four iced toboggan runs, cross country ski trails, outdoor skating rink and a large sled hill available for public use. The toboggan runs are available for use during winter hours of operation (weather permitting). The sled hill is available for sledding at your own risk and is lighted for night use. Sorry, no steel runner sleds or snow boards are allowed. The forest provides 7.5 (7.58) miles of groomed trails (including a .7 mile lighted loop) perfect for cross country skiing or snowshoeing. Trails range from beginner to advanced levels. Visitors can complete their winter trip to the Forest with a snack and a cup of hot chocolate in the chalet during hours of operation. Once the snow melts, the fun doesn’t stop at City Forest. The forest itself becomes a popular area for nature lovers. The many miles of hiking/cross country ski trails are a great place for a nature hike or jog, with nearly 8 (7.92) miles in total. In addition, there are 13 (13.1) miles of mountain biking trails that are open year-round. With plenty of steep hills, twists and turns, these trails provide an exciting ride even for experienced riders.

Chalet Rental in All Seasons

Spring - Summer - Fall (April 15-November 15)

Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will allow reservations for April-November 2021, however if we are unable to honor these reservations because potential capacities exceed Executive Orders, we will provide refunds.

The Chalet at City Forest is available for rent from April 15 to November 15 for several types of occasions. For seating details and amenities see the Shelter rental brochure located under the City Forest Documents section.

You can check availability dates and make your reservation by clicking here.

Winter (December-March)

Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic there will be no winter rentals in 2020-2021.

The Parks and Recreation Department offers rental packages for the Chalet in the winter months Monday-Thursday during non-hours of our winter operations program. It is based on weather, availability and approval. Email the Recreation department or call (989) 837-6930 for details.

For further information please view our Winter Chalet rental Application Form.

Chalet Amenities

The City Forest Chalet has seating for approximately 36 plus standing room. The approximate square footage of the seating area is about 800’ feet. The furniture consists of (4) 5’ tables, (4) overlook bar-style seating, (2) high top standing room only tables. In addition to the many miles of trails, the City Forest also has an outdoor fire pit just north of the Chalet and one double jumbo grill outside of the facility. Restrooms are located inside the facility.

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City Forest Rental Documents

Contact Us

  1. City Forest


    2840 E Monroe Road
    (Located 1/4 mile west of Eastman Road)
    Midland, MI 48642
    Map

    Phone: 989-837-6930 (Parks and Recreation Office)
    Phone: 989-835-7011 (City Forest-During Winter Hours of Operation)
    Phone: 989-399-0506 (Weather Hotline)

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