William P Holliday Forest and Wildlife Preserve

Westland, Michigan

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The William P. Holliday Forest and Wildlife Preserve is really a handful of parks strung along Tonquish Creek. The history of the creek is rich with stories of the native Potawatomi Indians, and some of the paths here are built on their original trails. Koppernick, the farthest west of the parks, has a tangle of loops for exploring the creek and its bordering woods. When Detroit banker Arthur J. Richardson died in 1938, he bequeathed the means for Wayne County to establish a park, asking that this park be named in honor of his uncle, William P. Holliday. It took twenty years for all the little parcels of land to be gathered into what we have today. The Holliday Forest & Wildlife Preserve comprises more than 500 acres of wet-land and forest on Tonquish Creek, a tributary of the Rouge River.
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by Matt Forster (Falcon Guides)

The William P. Holliday Forest and Wildlife Preserve is really a handful of parks strung along Tonquish Creek. The history of the creek is rich with stories of the native Potawatomi Indians, and some of the paths here are built on their original trails. Koppernick, the farthest west of the parks, has a tangle of loops for exploring the creek and its bordering woods.

When Detroit banker Arthur J. Richardson died in 1938, he
bequeathed the means for Wayne County to establish a park, asking that this park be named in honor of his uncle, William P. Holliday. It took twenty years for all the little parcels of land to be gathered into what we have today. The Holliday Forest & Wildlife Preserve comprises more than 500 acres of wet-land and forest on Tonquish Creek, a tributary of the Rouge River.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Westland
Distance: 2.3
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Wayne County Parks, 33175 Ann Arbor Trail, Westland, MI 48185; (734) 261-1990; www.co.wayne.mi.us/dps/dps_parks_resources_holiday.htm
Local Maps: TOPO! CD: Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, disc 4; maps available at www.hnpa.org
Driving Directions: Directions to William P. Holliday Forest & Wildlife Preserve

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