Best Hikes Near Detroit and Ann Arbor  by Matt Forster

Best Hikes Near Detroit and Ann Arbor Guide Book

by Matt Forster (Falcon Guides)
Best Hikes Near Detroit and Ann Arbor  by Matt Forster
The state of Michigan manages numerous parks in southeast Michigan. There are state parks, state recreation areas, and state game areas. There are, however, no state forests (or national forests, for that matter). Those are all found north of Saginaw Bay. This means state land here is managed for access and recreation. Funding has been a problem for state parks for many years. A recent change in how fees are collected has resulted in a $10 Recreation Pass. Residents pay for the pass when they renew their car plates. A small “P” on the sticker means you have access to all of Michigan’s parks.

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Trails from the "Best Hikes Near Detroit and Ann Arbor" Guide Book
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For a long hike with lots of trees and hills, there are few spots in southeast Michigan that can beat the North Unit trails at Bald Mountain in Lake Orion. The two loops, split by Harmon Road, take in ...
Lake Orion, MI - Hiking,Mountain Biking,Walking - Trail Length: 6.7
Without a doubt one of the most stunning forests in the area, the Bird Hills rise up 200 feet from the Huron River below. The forest is a mix of maple, poplar, oak, ash, and other hardwoods. The tre ...
Ann Arbor, MI - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.6
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Offering a quiet, secluded hike, Brauer Preserve is one of the more unusual natural areas around. Its 226 acres feature upland forests, hardwood swamps, and a small lake; 85 acres are maintained as an ...
Ann Arbor, MI - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.8
With two metroparks and two state recreation areas within a short drive, the village of Brighton enjoys an abundance of green space that draws hikers and nature lovers from all over southeast Michigan ...
Howell, MI - Hiking - Trail Length: 5
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This little township park north of Rochester is easily overshadowed by nearby Addison Oaks. The two are so different; it’s like comparing apples and orchards. As a result, you can expect to have this ...
Rochester, MI - Hiking - Trail Length: 1
Since the state began addressing the problem of lost wetlands several decades ago, Michigan has gone from a state losing 0.5 million acres of wetland every year to one that is seeing an annual net gai ...
Westland, MI - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
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It’s rare to find a Michigan Nature Association sanctuary within any city limits. Dauner Martin in Fenton is one of the fine exceptions. With 155 acres of forest, field, and wetland and 4.5 miles of t ...
Williamston, MI - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.4
It’s hard to imagine any other city of this size in Michigan that has so much natural space within its city limits as Ann Arbor. By combining a nature hike at Furstenberg Nature Center with the paved ...
Ann Arbor, MI - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.8
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A simple 4.3-mile loop through Highland State Recreation Area is the perfect introduction to the “highlands” region of Oakland County, which is named for the moraines that dominate the landscape. Th ...
White Lake, MI - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.3
Nearly 8,000 acres of park straddle Dixie Highway and I-75 east of Holly. This park is a popular destination for swimming, camping, mountain biking, paddling, fishing, and disc golf. Hikers know it as ...
Holly, MI - Hiking,Walking - Trail Length: 2.5
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When you want the getting there to be half the fun, consider the Acorn Trail at Hudson Mills. This low-key nature loop is located in north Washtenaw County, just north of Dexter on the Huron River. In ...
Dexter, MI - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.7
If your idea of a perfect hike is upland oak forest, rolling hills, and wide scenic vistas, there are trails at Huron Meadows you will like. The Moraine Fen Trail, however, is not one of them. This ...
Brighton, MI - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.3
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Just a few miles north of the quaint village of Clarkston, Oakland County maintains more than 1,200 acres of park around Crooked and Upper Bushman Lakes. The park is defined by its glacial features— ...
Clarkson, MI - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.8
You will find the headwaters of several important rivers in north Oakland County. The Huron River, which eventually empties into Lake Erie south of Detroit, springs up from the wetlands in Indian Spri ...
White Lake, MI - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.1
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Short of hauling a canoe to the park (or renting one from the livery), there’s no better way to explore the Huron River at Island Lake State Recreation Area than to hike the 6-mile Yellow Loop. As i ...
Brighton, MI - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.9
The nature trails at Kensington Metropark may not look like much on a map, but 6.0 miles of trails wind through the property behind the nature center. The less-traveled paths that loop through the p ...
Milford, MI - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.3
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Transitional areas—like the fuzzy boundary between a bog and an upland forest— are particularly fascinating to naturalists. Lake Erie Metropark straddles such a transitional area and features two hike ...
Brownstown , MI - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.5
Rarely will you find a nature preserve surrounded by so much suburbia. Though hemmed in by subdivisions, the Lloyd A. Stage Nature Center makes a lot out of its nearly 100 acres. Two miles of trails w ...
Troy, MI - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.5
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Its size and noble bearing make the great blue heron a favorite among birders (and non-birders) here in Michigan. Lyon Oaks County Park features a heron rookery, which gives you the chance to see thes ...
Wixom, MI - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.3
East of Windsor, much of Essex County’s landscape is dominated by farm fields and, at seemingly regular intervals, divided by rivers running south to north into Lake St. Claire. Pre-agricultural Essex ...
Essex, ON - Hiking - Trail Length: 1
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