Dr. T.K. Lawless Park
Michigan’s INTERNATIONAL Dark Sky Park
Cass County’s Dr. T.K. Lawless Park in Vandalia opened for stargazing in June 2020. So the park’s hours are extended past the usual sunset closing and visitors will see what true darkness can reveal. If the weather is clear, viewers will be able to gasp at shooting stars or drink in the majesty of the Milky Way by the naked eye. Through binoculars or telescopes, stargazers may be able to see planets and more distant galaxies as well. Learn more about Dark Sky Parks in Michigan at Second Wave.
“The expanse of the night sky is mind-boggling to me,” says Cass County Parks Board member Robert Parrish. And we are just looking at the northern hemisphere.”
Lawless Park is located on Monkey Run Street, nine miles east of Cassopolis, off M-60 and Lewis Lake Road. Lawless Park has the best mountain biking trails in the area. A helmet is required for all cycling activities.
This 820-acre nature park is open year-round and boasts a broad range of recreational activities for every season including but not limited to hiking, bird-watching, and overnight camping in cabins.
Coy-Steiding Group Camp
- 15 rustic campsites, each with fire ring and table
- Picnic shelter with tables
- Cabins with fireplace (sleep 4-6)
- Electricity in cabins
- Fresh well water
- Modern restrooms
- Parking area
- Security lighting
- Call (269) 445-4456 (County Parks Office)
- Monday – Friday, 8 am – 4 pm
- Weekend group reservations recommended
Location: Dr. T.K. Lawless Park, 15122 Monkey Run Street, Vandalia, MI 49095 – Directions.
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- Picnic Shelter
- Ball Fields (2)
- Soccer Field
- Volleyball Courts
- Horseshoe Pits (2)
- Disc Golf
- Hiking Trails (7 miles)
- Mountain Biking (10 miles)
- Leisure Biking (7 miles)
- Inner tube sledding (tubes provided)
- Cross-country skiing (7 miles groomed)