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Watkins Lake State Park and County Preserve

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Michigan's 103rd state park includes 717 acres of land in Norvell Township, Jackson County and 405 acres of land in Manchester Township. The 1,122-acre property is collaborative effort between the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission. The park is slated to offer a wide variety of recreational opportunities, such as hiking, bird watching, and upland hunting. The property includes a 4.5-mile former rail corridor that traverses the property from east to west. The trail links state and county parcels and has the potential to be developed into a non-motorized multi-use trail, well-suited for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians. The park is located 15 miles from Jackson and 25 miles from Ann Arbor.