Alligator Lake has long been a gathering place for locals and visitors. South of downtown, restored from agricultural land to wetlands, its primary recreational focus is its extensive hiking trails. Visitors can also enjoy the picnic area and playground, or launch a canoe or kayak into the wetlands for a close-up view of wildlife, but the big deal is the extensive network of hiking trails. Trails start behind the playground, and offer short walks through the forest along the east side of the park. The longest loop, however, is the Montgomery Trail, that starts down at the canoe launch, and circles the impoundments along the lake.