Jenison, Michigan: Terrain Map of the United States

Experience the modest thrill of traveling coast to coast in about a minute when you walk across the Terrain Map of the United States.
Address:
28th Ave., Jenison, MI
Directions:
From downtown, drive north on 28th Ave. You'll come to a wooded area on the right, then the entrance to Hager Park. Enter the park. You'll pass a long parking lot on the left. Just past it, turn left, then park in the tiny parking lot (four spaces) on the right. The map is just past the tiny parking lot. May be difficult to spot from the ground.
Hours:
Daylight hours
Admission:
Free
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Terrain Map of he United States

My wife and I visited the Terrain Map, but in our opinion it is lacking general visual appeal. I found myself standing on what I suppose is the map's Rocky Mountains, and I could not identify any states other than a few along bodies of water (e.g. Florida, Texas, Michigan). I believe the running rows of bricks identify rivers, not state boundaries. I can see on Google Earth the outline of the USA and rivers, but, believe me, in person the map is very difficult to perceive, and I have a B.A. in Geography!

[E.W.Burdorff, 09/23/2018]
Terrain Map of the United States

A giant map of the United States is maintained in a grassy opening in the woods at Hager Park in Jenison. It's adjacent to a playground and you're encouraged to walk on it. The outer edges and major bodies of water are outlined in gravel, and each state's boundary is also marked. Mountain ranges are in the forms of berms. It's fun to take someone there who doesn't know what to look for, as it's not obvious from the ground.

[Tom Maas, 07/19/2016]

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