Kensington Metropark Trails

Milford, Michigan 48380

Kensington Metropark Trails

Kensington Metropark Trails Professional Review and Guide

"Planners foreseeing the growth of recreation in the mid-20th century did things right when they proposed this beautiful park in western Oakland County. Set amid the Huron River Valley, Kent Lake, which is the heart of the facility, sits in a perfect glacial depression surrounded by hardwood hills. It’s actually a dammed portion of the Huron River. Over the decades more amenities have been added, from sailboat rentals and great fishing to the golf course. And naturally, when cross-country became popular, why not (planners reasoned again) add Nordic skiing to the park?

The result is three great trails all linked to form a network that runs parallel to the western shore of Kent Lake. The glacial moraine geology of the area makes for great hills of up to 200 feet in height. A ski trip here also give families the opportunity to experience winter wildlife closer than you probably ever thought you could get to wild deer and other park residents. Surface quality: Single track set trail and skating land groomed as conditions permit."

More Kensington Metropark Trails Professional Reviews and Guides

"Planners foreseeing the growth of recreation in the mid-20th century did things right when they proposed this beautiful park in western Oakland County. Set amid the Huron River Valley, Kent Lake, which is the heart of the facility, sits in a perfect glacial depression surrounded by hardwood hills. It’s actually a dammed portion of the Huron River. Over the decades more amenities have been added, from sailboat rentals and great fishing to the golf course. And naturally, when cross-country became popular, why not (planners reasoned again) add Nordic skiing to the park?

The result is three great trails all linked to form a network that runs parallel to the western shore of Kent Lake. The glacial moraine geology of the area makes for great hills of up to 200 feet in height. A ski trip here also give families the opportunity to experience winter wildlife closer than you probably ever thought you could get to wild deer and other park residents. Surface quality: Single track set trail and skating land groomed as conditions permit."

"The Deer Run Trail loops through woods and marshlands in the northeastern section of the 700-acre nature center property. A boardwalk cuts through an ancient bog and offers a shortcut for hikers who don’t want to do the entire length. The distance covered here includes adding the Fox Trail and an arm of the Chickadee Loop, which are two of the nature center’s more remote and less-traveled trails. Their addition provides for a deeper trek into thick woods."

"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 park’s upland forest add some ruggedness and variety to less-strenuous paths closer to the trailhead. Because running and jogging are prohibited, the trails tend to attract nature lovers and dedicated hikers as opposed to the iPod-and-running-shoes crowd."

"The nature center’s longest trail, the Wildwing Trail, is easy to follow as it loops around Wildwing Lake. Ample opportunities exist to see aquatic life, such as muskrats and snapping turtles, as well as waterfowl, including geese and swans. Many visitors come to catch glimpses of migrant songbirds, as well as ospreys and herons. Don’t be surprised to find photographers around the osprey hacking tower on any given day."

Kensington Metropark Trails Reviews

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Trail Information

Milford
Nearby City
Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Accessibility
8.3
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
Day trip
Duration
890 feet
Trailhead Elevation
feet
Top Elevation

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Oct 2018