Wolcott Mill Metropark

Shelby Township, Michigan 48315

Wolcott Mill Metropark

Wolcott Mill Metropark Professional Guide

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"In the dead center of Macomb County, Wolcott Mill Metropark has a 2.0-mile hiking trail that explores the North Branch of the Clinton River and nearby wetlands. The trail is located at the park’s historic mill site. After the hike, take some time to visit to the old mill and perhaps take part in one of the programs run on the weekends.

Wolcott Mill Metropark comprises 2,625 acres on the North Branch of the Clinton River. The park has a working public farm, a historic mill site, a W model plane airfield, equestrian trails, and a golf course. Each of these areas is its own site and has its own park entrance. The hiking trails are at the Wolcott Mill Historic Site. Wolcott Mill is a gristmill built in 1847. The mill was in operation for 120 years."

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Five-Star Trails: Ann Arbor and Detroit (Menasha Ridge Press)
Greg Tasker
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"Situated along the winding northern branch of the Clinton River, the historic Wolcott Mill looks like a slice of Americana that Norman Rockwell might have illustrated for the Saturday Evening Post. Towering maples and oak trees, flush in fiery colors in the fall, and green pastures help create one of the most pastoral settings in southeast Michigan. These mill grounds are the staging area for the park’s most inviting trail, the Settler’s Trail."

Wolcott Mill Metropark Trip Reports

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This trail was unbelievably wet and muddy. The first mile or so was great - it was more elevated and it was a nice easy hike with some hills. The later part of the trail was a mess though. They have some boards (narrow boardwalk of sorts) in a few spots to help get through some of the most water filled parts, but probably due to it being early spring, the whole second half of the trail was a mess. It kept getting increasingly worse, until we got to a point where the trail was no longer visible and it looked like a lake in front of us (we were probably 1/8 - 1/4 mile to the end of the trail at this point).

We were able to cut through the woods and get to the road which was visible from that part of the trail and take the road back. It looked like a lot of people had bailed out at the point because there was the start of a trail forming from the trail to the road (so it was getting trampled down there). We still had a lot of fun, but man - that was probably the most underwater I've ever seen a trail.

It would be possible to do this trail and not do the second half because about half way through, it crosses over the road that leads back to the parking. So, you could do the first half and then just walk the road back to parking.

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Trail Information

Shelby Township
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Skill Level
1 hour
Administered by Stony Creek Metropark, 4300 Main Park Road, Shelby Township, MI 48316; (586) 781-4242; metroparks.com
Local Contacts
TOPO! CD: Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, disc 4; maps available at park office and on website
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