Waterloo State Recreation Area

Chelsea, Michigan

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The Hickory Hills Trail at Waterloo State Recreation Area is a long walk to a steep loop. Along the way you pass wetlands and lakes, climbing into a dense hickory and oak forest. Several side trips can be added to include views of Mill Lake or the bog near the park’s Discovery Center. The park has 47 miles of hiking trails, 12 miles of interpretive nature trails, four campgrounds (two modern, one rustic, and one equestrian), eleven lakes for fishing, rustic cabins to rent, numerous boat launches, and a swimming beach. The Waterloo–Pinckney Trail, which threads its way 31.0 miles through both recreation areas, is southeast Michigan’s only backpacking trail, offering campers an actual multi-night backpacking experience close to Metro Detroit.
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by Matt Forster (Falcon Guides)

The Hickory Hills Trail at Waterloo State Recreation Area is a long walk to a steep loop. Along the way you pass wetlands and lakes, climbing into a dense hickory and oak forest. Several side trips can be added to include views of Mill Lake or the bog near the park’s Discovery Center.

The park has 47 miles of hiking trails, 12 miles of interpretive nature trails, four campgrounds (two modern, one rustic, and one equestrian), eleven lakes for fishing, rustic cabins to rent, numerous boat launches, and a swimming beach. The Waterloo–Pinckney Trail, which threads its way 31.0 miles through both recreation areas, is southeast Michigan’s only backpacking trail, offering campers an actual multi-night backpacking experience close to Metro Detroit.

© 2013 Matt Forster/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Chelsea
Distance: 4.2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Waterloo State Recreation Area, 16345 McClure Rd., Chelsea, MI 48118; (734) 4758307; michigan.gov/waterloo
Local Maps: TOPO! CD: Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, disc 4; map available at the Discovery Center, the park office, online, and on the trail markers
Driving Directions: Directions to Waterloo State Recreation Area

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