Ortonville State Recreation Area

Ortonville, Michigan 48462

Ortonville State Recreation Area

Ortonville State Recreation Area Professional Review and Guide

"One of Oakland County’s best fall hikes, Ortonville Recreation Area offers two official loops for hikers or, more accurately, one large loop with a shortcut in the middle. Take the longer loop for an extended hike through rolling forested hills—great in spring and summer, but even better with autumn color.

Crisp autumn days, burnt orange and red in the trees, and blankets of leaves on the ground. Autumn is one of the best times to enjoy a hike at the Ortonville State Recreation Area. And you won’t be the only one. On weekend mornings couples walk by with their dogs, looking not unlike a page from an L.L.Bean catalog. Spring and summer are also acceptable times to hike Ortonville Rec—the ground isn’t particularly wet (except in one spot), and the trails don’t become overgrown as summer wears on—but there’s something special about hiking here in the fall."

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"Located in a more secluded area and in the oldest section of the Ortonville State Recreation Area, this easy-to-follow trail loops through a densely wooded forest and occasional fields. Some stretches of the trail are hilly but never overly strenuous."

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90 minutes
Ortonville State Recreation Area, 5779 Hadley Rd., Ortonville, MI 48462; (810) 7974439; michigan.gov/ortonville
Local Contacts
Maps available at park office and on website; TOPO! CD: Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, disc 4
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