Holly State Recreation Area

Holly, Michigan 48442

Holly State Recreation Area

Holly State Recreation Area Professional Guide

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"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 a great place for a walk in the woods, with rolling hills, woodland lakes, and open prairies.

The unique quality of this hike becomes evident as the trail begins to rise. Once following close to the shore, south of the lakes the trail climbs to the bluffs above the water. The trail connects several picnic areas and boat launches that provide tables for resting, drinking water, and restrooms. The trail continues around to our starting point. From the causeway, as you walk back to the car, you can see the beach on Heron Lake in the distance. If you’ve thought ahead and brought your bathing suit, a dip in the lake is a great way to cool off from the hike."

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Five-Star Trails: Ann Arbor and Detroit (Menasha Ridge Press)
Greg Tasker
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"At the Holly State Recreation Area, you’ll find dense woodlands, open fields, wetlands, quiet streams, and several lakes, most of them filled with anglers in the warm months. Long stretches of the Lakeshore Trail wrap around Wildwood Lake and Valley Lake, with ample views of these serene waters. Occasionally, the trail veers away from the water and deeper into the woods. Although the hiking is easy, the route has a few hills, and the short climb to the crest of one offers a panoramic view of Valley Lake."

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Trail Information

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Trail Type
Skill Level
45 minutes
Holly State Recreation Area, 8100 Grange Hall Rd., Holly, MI 48442; (248) 634-8811; michigan.gov/holly
Local Contacts
TOPO! CD: Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, disc 4; trail map available at the park office, at the old welcome kiosk near park entrance, and on website.
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