The Kelloggs preached plenty of fresh air as part of their health regimen. Battle Creek, therefore, excels in its number of parks and recreational opportunities. Among the most unusual is the Battle Creek Linear Park (269/966-3431, www.bcparks.org, dawn–dusk daily), a 17-mile system that links wooded areas, open fields, and parks with a continuous paved pathway. It’s a favorite of local cyclists, skaters, and joggers.
Walkers and other nature lovers, in particular, head to the Leila Arboretum (928 W. Michigan Ave., 269/969-0270, www.leilaarboretumsociety.org, dawn–dusk daily, free), part of Linear Park. This excellent 72-acre botanical garden is one of the best reasons to visit Battle Creek.
The gift of Mrs. Leila Post Montgomery, it contains more than 3,000 species of trees and shrubs (many dating back to the 1920s), laid out in the manner of famous European gardens. Highlights include a rhododendron garden, a breathtaking flowering tree collection, and a children’s garden.
by Laura Martone from Moon Michigan, 3rd Edition, © Avalon Travel