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A Forest Like No Other

Whiting Forest of Dow Gardens features 54 acres of woodlands, ponds, apple orchard, meadows, and stream. Guests of all ages and abilities are immersed in the forest on the nation's longest canopy walk, 1,400 feet long, soaring up to 40 feet above the ground. The Alden B. Dow-designed Whiting home now welcomes guests as a Visitor Center. Other features include a playground, apple orchard, Whiting Forest Cafe, restoration of Snake Creek, and two pedestrian bridges.
2,720 tons
Amount of steel used to construct Canopy Walk
1.5 miles

Amount of ADA Accessible hard-surface pathways at Whiting Forest

 

139 tons
Steel used to fabricate the St. Andrews Bridge,
connecting Whiting Forest to Dow Gardens
2,614 bolts
Used on the Visitor Center bridge, connecting Whiting Forest to the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library

Longest in the Nation

Designed to be accessible for all ages and abilities and open in every season. Canopy Walk has three arms, each end at a unique viewing platform, including views of a forest pond from 25 feet up, a large cargo net in a grove of spruce trees at 25 feet high, and an orchard view which includes a viewing platform with a glass floor and railings at 40 feet high.

CANOPY WALK

PLAYGROUND

VISITOR CENTER

WHITING FOREST CAFÉ

 FOREST TRAILS AND
SNAKE CREEK

BRIDGES AND ORCHARD

Property History

The first piece of Whiting Forest property was acquired in 1905 by Herbert H. Dow, the founder of the Dow Chemical Company, and his wife Grace. In 1949, the property passed to H.H. Dow’s granddaughter Helen Dow Whiting, and her husband Macauley. The Whitings took great care to create a beautiful home for their six children. Now owned by the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation, it opened to the public in 2004, with a grand re-opening in October 2018.
1905
The first piece of the Whiting Forest property was acquired by Herbert H. Dow, the founder of the Dow Chemical Company, and his wife Grace.  Herbert indulged in his favorite hobby by planting an extensive apple orchard and digging two ponds for irrigation, which remain beautiful features in the forest.  Herbert and Grace had seven children. Their oldest son, Willard, eventually became the second president of the Dow Chemical Company.
1939
Ownership passed to Willard Dow. Upon his death, the property passed to his daughter Helen Dow Whiting, and her husband Macauley. The Whitings took great care to create a beautiful home for their six children and continued the apple orchard. When the Whitings retired to Sun Valley, Idaho, they donated the property to the city of Midland. Now owned by the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation, it was opened to the public in 2004.
2018

Whiting Forest of Dow Gardens welcomes the public to explore the longest canopy walk in the nation and 54 acres of woodlands, ponds, apple orchard, meadows, stream, and playground.

Whiting Forest is a signature gift of the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation.

WHITING FOREST NEWS & PRESS

Midland Daily News

Midland's best landscaping honored with 'beautification' awards

November 11, 2019

Landscape Architecture Magazine

Apple's Eden: A Landscape Architect Designs a Showcase for Apple Biodiversity
March, 2019

Designboom

Longest tree canopy walk in the U.S. opens at Michigan's Dow Gardens
January 14, 2019

Narcity - Travel

North America's Largest Treetop Park Just Opened Near Ontario
January 9, 2019

Chicago Tribune

Best of the Midwest: 9 must-see destinations worth a visit in 2019

January 8, 2019