The third and final phase of the Mounds Off Road Vehicle Area is OPEN and ORV folks tell us they love it! It’s big. It’s rocky. Sometimes it’s wonderfully muddy. And it’s a challenge. A really big challenge!
One of the cool things about this place is that it’s a quick drive from anywhere in Genesee County. Lucky you, Genesee County residents. You have one of the Midwest’s best ORV areas practically in your backyard.
You probably don’t need a reason to go to the Mounds, beyond wanting to experience the pure thrill of it, but in case anybody asks why you like climbing rocks and tilting your vehicle at hair-raising angles (I have a friend whose car had an inclinometer, which she referred to as a tip-o-meter) consider quoting to them from the latest research:
Studies show that “…taking a stroll through a natural setting can boost performance on tasks calling for sustained focus. Taking in the sights and sounds of nature appears to be especially beneficial for our minds. In fact, Dr. Marc Berman and fellow researchers at the University of Michigan found that performance on memory and attention tests improved by 20 percent after study subjects paused for a walk through an arboretum.”
Well….ok, going to the Mounds isn’t exactly like taking a walk through an arboretum, but if a simple nature walk is going to help your level of focus, imagine how focused you’ll be after an hour of ear-splitting, bone-jarring off road fun!
Here’s another cool thing about the Mounds. All three phases of its development were paid for by grants from Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources. Thank you DNR.
The Mounds is, in fact, so cool, it has its own Facebook page, and you can link to it from the Genesee County Parks website.
The Mounds is located at 6145 E. Mt. Morris Road, one and a half miles east of Genesee Road in Mt. Morris. It’s open year round, Monday through Saturday, from 8 a.m. until sunset and Sundays from noon until sunset.
Residents pay just $8 a day or $35 for a seasonal pass per vehicle. You’ll also need a State of Michigan ORV sticker.
Leave the alcohol at home. This place offers an unbeatable high all by itself.