What it is: Just under a mile away from Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve is Ritter Park. This park is the perfect stop after a morning of hiking. It has some baseball fields, a large picnic shelter and several other picnic tables and a great playground. You can bring a picnic lunch and stop at the picnic tables to eat before a little play, and wrapping up the day. The playground is a great one too! It has swings, two nice play structures, the newer version of a merry-go-round, and even a great sand area. The ice cream man even stopped by while we were there.
What we liked: The park itself was a lot of fun, and my kids' could have stayed and played for much longer. Plus, it's location next to Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve makes for a great outing combination. There are several restaurants within a couple miles of both of these locations so you can even run through a drive through and head back if you forgot to bring your picnic lunch with you.
What we would change: Of course, we with that Ritter Park and its neighbor Hemlock Bluffs were closer, but it's not too far for a great daily outing.
Website and other important information:
Address: 301 Lochmere Drive West