Waterloo Pinckney Trail

Waterloo State Recreation Area, Michigan

Distance17.8mi
Elevation Gain2,383ft
Trailhead Elevation945ft
Top1,161ft
Elevation Min/Max941/1161ft
Elevation Start/End945/945ft

Waterloo Pinckney Trail

Waterloo Pinckney Trail is a hiking trail in Sylvan Township, Michigan. It is within Waterloo State Recreation Area. It is 17.8 miles long and begins at 945 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 15.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,383 feet. Sackrider Hill (elevation 1,109 feet) and the Pines Campground camp site can be seen along the trail. There are also wetlands along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Oak Wood Trail and Old Field Trail.

Waterloo Pinckney Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"The longest of the Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center trails, the aptly named Hickory Hills Trail passes through oak-hickory forests and remnants of an old golf course. The trail also covers some of the hilliest terrain in the state park and passes scenic Crooked Lake (a different lake from the one of the same name at Pinckney State Recreation Area). The balloon at the end of the trail serves as a nature trail. Its interpretive signs note varying aspects of the forest, including remnants of a domestic apple orchard, a dry marsh that was once a glacial lake, and current wildlife."

"The Hickory Hills Trail at Waterloo State Recreation Area is a long walk to a steep loop. Along the way you pass wetlands and lakes, climbing into a dense hickory and oak forest. Several side trips can be added to include views of Mill Lake or the bog near the park’s Discovery Center.

The park has 47 miles of hiking trails, 12 miles of interpretive nature trails, four campgrounds (two modern, one rustic, and one equestrian), eleven lakes for fishing, rustic cabins to rent, numerous boat launches, and a swimming beach. The Waterloo–Pinckney Trail, which threads its way 31.0 miles through both recreation areas, is southeast Michigan’s only backpacking trail, offering campers an actual multi-night backpacking experience close to Metro Detroit."

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Trail Information

Waterloo State Recreation Area
Nearby City
Waterloo State Recreation Area
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Easy
Skill Level
Waterloo State Recreation Area, 16345 McClure Rd., Chelsea, MI 48118; (734) 4758307; michigan.gov/waterloo
Local Contacts
TOPO! CD: Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, disc 4; map available at the Discovery Center, the park office, online, and on the trail markers
Local Maps

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Sep 2018