Lloyd A Stage Nature Center

Troy, Michigan

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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 wander through wetlands and wooded uplands along the Rouge River. The property is a gathering place for deer, which seem very comfortable with people passing through, and nearly 200 different bird species have been spotted here. The Lloyd A. Stage Nature Center comprises 100 acres of natural space in the far northwest corner of Troy, one of the busiest suburbs in Metro Detroit. The Rouge River, more like a stream here, cuts through the nature center, flowing west to east. Given its size, the property has a surprising diversity of habitat. Just south of the nature center building is a large sugar bush—that is, a grove of sugar maples. Following the river upstream, the property flows through a rich marsh. To the south of that are forested uplands surrounding sedge meadows. And throughout the park you will find wildlife. The nature center maintains a host of nesting boxes that have attracted dozens of birds through the property.
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by Matt Forster (Falcon Guides)

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 wander through wetlands and wooded uplands along the Rouge River. The property is a gathering place for deer, which seem very comfortable with people passing through, and nearly 200 different bird species have been spotted here.

The Lloyd A. Stage Nature Center comprises 100 acres of natural space in the far northwest corner of Troy, one of the busiest suburbs in Metro Detroit. The Rouge River, more like a stream here, cuts through the nature center, flowing west to east. Given its size, the property has a surprising diversity of habitat. Just south of the nature center building is a large sugar bush—that is, a grove of sugar maples. Following the river upstream, the property flows through a rich marsh. To the south of that are forested uplands surrounding sedge meadows. And throughout the park you will find wildlife. The nature center maintains a host of nesting boxes that have attracted dozens of birds through the property.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Troy
Distance: 1.5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 40 minutes
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Managed by the Troy Nature Society, 6685 Coolidge Hwy., Troy, MI 48098; (248) 688-9703; troynaturesociety.org
Local Maps: TOPO! CD: Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, disc 4; maps available at the nature center
Driving Directions: Directions to Lloyd A. Stage Nature Center

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