Marquette has a lot to offer for those who are passionate about nature, beginning with The Dark Island Trail that is  9.5  miles.  A wonderful time for walkers and cyclists who want to enjoy the natural scenery from Marquette to Central City. Enjoy  more of nature's beauty by visiting Tooley Park located 3 miles west of town. Tooley  is a 16 acre park  which offers camping, nature walks and a lot of river fun. To experience nature at its finest, visit Gjerloff Prairie and Sherman Ranch 4 miles west of town. Prairie Plains Resource Institute has been celebrating the land and its people since 1980 and is dedicated to prairie restoration.  They  offer a full calendar of events. Here you can experience hiking, horseback riding and general outdoor enjoyment available year round.