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Special Facilities & Golf
Cascades Golf Course
The Cascades course, located in the southern part of the City of Jackson, is a course that a golfer must play if he or she wants to play one of the best public courses in Michigan. The course was established in 1929 and is operated by the Jackson County Parks Department. Cascades is challenging, long by most standards, and features water and beautiful scenery. The signature hole is # 17, a par four measuring 383 yards from the white tees. A creek runs across the fairway 240 yards out and the approach is played to a severely sloped green guarded by trees and bunkers.
Cascades Manor House
We cordially invite you to relax and enjoy the charming, historic atmosphere of the Cascades Manor House. Our experienced, professional staff will plan and coordinate your special event with our complete on-site catering and bar services. Our scenic grounds and unique bridges create the perfect setting for any occasion. Your guests will enjoy a large dance floor, ample parking and our smoke free environment. We have seating for up to 300 and three private rooms to choose from. We offer a full bar and equipment rentals to complete your event. Contact us today for more information. 517-784-1500
An illuminated, colorful, man-made waterfall amplified by fireworks stands out on summer nights in Jackson. The Cascades, within the boundaries of the Sparks Foundation County Park, is one of Jackson’s most spectacular attractions. For more than 85 years, The Cascades has captivated locals and visitors from around the world. Jackson’s most famous landmark, under the management of the Jackson County Parks Department, promises to amaze and delight for generations to come. Family Fun Night is every Wednesday in the summer and you can expect live music and costumed characters, along with the Falls. Live music can also be enjoyed every summer Saturday in the Rotary Bandshell at Sparks Park (also known as Cascades Park).
American 1 Event Center
County Tower Ballroom
Looking for the perfect place to host your next event? The Jackson County Tower building could be just what you're looking for! Located in the heart of downtown Jackson the County Tower Building was built in 1929 by Detroit architect Albert Kahn. The 4,800 square foot space is a one of a kind space that is perfect for celebrating your special events! This unique design creates a stunning setting for wedding receptions, private parties, and corporate events for as many as 200 seated guests.
Falling Waters Trail
Connecting the Village of Concord with the City of Jackson, the trail was built on an abandoned stretch of the Michigan Central Railroad. The 10.5-mile, 12-foot-wide paved trail is ideal for walking, running, or biking. As it travels through natural springs and lakes that form the headwaters of four major Michigan rivers. At the western trailhead in Concord, the trail crosses over the Kalamazoo River where you can view a great expanse of wetlands filled with abundant wildlife. At the mid-point of the trail, stop, relax, and enjoy the natural beauty of the picturesque Lime Lake. This is a trail you will want to visit time and time again to experience the seasonal changes in scenery.
Pleasant Lake Campground
60 modern campsites are available with water and electricity at this beautiful 21 acre park. Whichever way you prefer to camp-RV or tent- the mature trees and lush grounds will make you feel like you are far from suburbia. Positioned on the lake shore, spend your day enjoying this all-sports lake. Go for a swim off the sandy beach, or put your boat in the water at the nearby public boat launch to fish for perch or enjoy a cruise around the lake. Even off the water there’s plenty do to! Start a horseshoe or shuffle board tournament, learn to play GaGa Ball, and bring your clubs for a round at Hankard Hills Golf Course.
If you’re looking for a fun-filled, bucket list-type day, we’ve got a solution for you. In 2017, we completed a long anticipated splash pad project at The Cascades in Jackson. With more than a dozen water features, highlighted by the giant dumping bucket, this provides an opportunity for children and families to cool off on a hot summer day. The splash pad is situated in a fenced in area on the south side of the historic Cascades Fall in Sparks Foundation County Park, and includes lounge chairs and a patio area. There are on-site concessions, and Cascades Ice Cream is, of course, just around the corner.
Swains Lake Campground
56 modern campsites are available with water and electricity at this beautiful 26 acre park. At Swains Lake Campground, you’ll enjoy a campsite overlooking the lake which is shaded by sprawling trees – it’s like being in the middle of the forest, but with the amenities you desire. Explore the area by taking a hike on the nature trails, or go for a bike ride on the near-by Falling Waters Trail. Launch your boat directly from the park for a day on the water. Don’t forget your fishing gear because this lake is stocked with rainbow trout and is ideal for shore fishing. An 18-hole golf course is located across the street.
BCycle Bike Rental
Explore the Falling Waters Trail. Purchase a day pass directly at the kiosk with a Credit Card or become an Annual member! Walk-Up User: $6 for 3 Hours ($2/hour each additional hour) Annual Member: $50 Jackson County BCycle is located at the east end of the Falling Waters Trail: 3720 Weatherwax Dr., Jackson MI 49203