Parks and Recreation
With its rolling topography, interspersed with waterways such as the Bean Creek, the City of Hudson is blessed with natural beauty. There are three parks within the City: Webster’s Park near downtown; Memorial Park off South Church Street near the southern city limits; and Will Carleton Park at the north edge of the City off Cadmus Road. All three feature picnic shelters, playgrounds, ball fields and restrooms. Just five miles southeast of town, the State-operated Lake Hudson State Recreation Area offers camping, fishing and boating, as well as the State’s only Dark Skies Preserve for stargazers. Popular tourist destination Devil’s Lake is only 10 miles north of the City.
Hudson Trail System
A system of paved multi-use pathways run throughout the City (no motorized vehicles allowed). They will eventually interconnect the City parks, and already provide links to downtown and the Industrial Park. There are Five Trails now complete: the Bean Creek Trail (opened in 2002), the Findlay Trail (opened in 2011), the Murdock and Berlin Trails (both opened in 2013), and the Engle Trail (opened 2015). The five connected trails form a 5 kilometer-long loop. The Thompson Trail is in progress to connect Bean Creek Trail to Memorial Park. All of these trails are Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant and are open year-round. Click here for a trail map.
Lake Hudson Recreation Area
Lake Hudson Recreation Area, located five miles southeast of Hudson, has 2,796 acres of recreational opportunities around Lake Hudson. The park offers premier muskie fishing, game hunting, camping, hiking and wildlife viewing. The terrain is gently rolling with a mixture of open brush land to mature hardwood forest, with some pockets of open meadows mixed in. A new beach area provides users an excellent place for sunbathing and swimming. To view the park map click here: Lake Hudson Recreation Area Map.
Lake Hudson has been designated a dark sky preserve for observation of the nighttime sky. The goal of creating this designation was to show that preserving night skies for enjoyment is fully compatible with other recreational uses. The Dark Sky Preserve Brochure explains in more detail what this unique feature is about.
Park & Recreation Master Plan
The City of Hudson 2008-2012 edition of the Recreation Plan provides a clear picture of the recreational opportunities available to the residents of Hudson. This review includes nontraditional recreation opportunities such as historic districts / structures and shopping opportunities, as well as traditional parks and recreation facilities.
The full report can be viewed by clicking here: Parks and Recreation Master Plan
An updated 2013-2017 Recreation Plan is currently under development. We encourage public participation in the development of the plan and will be providing updates and opportunities for involvement here and on our facebook page.