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12 Easy Nature Walks to Do With Kids in Metro Detroit

Parents with children walking by hiking trail

A family nature hike is a perfect way for kids to stretch their legs and get some much needed fresh air. Although walking our neighborhood never gets old for my little guy, I could definitely use a change in scenery after these past few weeks stuck at home. Check out these easy Metro Detroit nature trails that are perfect for little ones to walk and explore. With nature all around, there are endless things to discover, talk about or just enjoy some exercise together. Happy trails! 

 

IMPORTANT: State parks and recreation areas will remain open throughout Michigan’s shelter-in-place order. Help keep our trails and parks open by committing to social distancing. Enjoy the outdoors safely and responsibly by staying 6 feet away from people, make others using the trail aware of your presence before you pass them, and avoid touching any displays or park benches. Most importantly wash your hands before and after any activities.

 

Nichols Arboretum (0.4 miles +) – Ann Arbor

1610 Washington Heights Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Location Notes: Multiple “easy” trails, Stroller friendly

 

Beverly Park (0.5 miles) – Beverly Hills 

18801 Beverly Rd, Beverly Hills, MI 48025

Location Notes: Storybook trail (do not touch the displays!), mulched trail

 

Booth Trail (1 mile out & back) – Downtown Birmingham

511 N. Old Woodward Avenue, Birmingham, MI 48009

Location Notes: Trail begins near Booth Park entrance, Mulched trail, Jogging stroller friendly, Metered parking near Booth Park/trail (Booth Park playground is currently closed due to the Coronavirus outbreak)

 

Heritage Park Story Trail (0.5 miles) – Canton

1150 S. Canton Center Rd., Canton, MI 48188

Location Notes: Stroller friendly, Path begins just west of the Canton Public Library

 

Dequindre Cut Art Walk (1.65 miles) – Detroit

1799 Wilkins St, Detroit, MI 48207

Location Notes: Paved pathway, Fun collection of urban artwork & graffiti

 

Prairie Pathway and Butterfly Garden @ Rouge Park (1.7 miles) – Detroit

21860 Joy Rd, Detroit, MI 48228

Location Notes: Grassy trail, Multiple other paved trails throughout

 

Rotary Park (1.6 miles) – Livonia 

32300 Six Mile, Livonia, MI 48152

Location Notes: Stroller friendly 

 

Red Oaks Nature Center (1.3 miles) – Madison Heights

30300 Hales Street, Madison Heights, MI 48071

Location Notes: Paved trail 

 

Rosie’s Park Loop (1 mile) – Madison Heights

1111 E Farnum Avenue, Madison Heights, MI 48071

Location Notes: Paved trail 

 

Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve (0.9 miles) – Rochester

333 North Hill Circle, Rochester, MI 48307 

Location Notes: Small parking lot or curbside parking, Paved/gravel trail

 

Carpenter Lake Nature Preserve (1 mile) – Southfield

27101 W 10 Mile Rd, Southfield, MI 48033

Location Notes: Stroller friendly

 

Dodge Park (1.5 miles out & back) – Sterling Heights

40620 Utica Road, Sterling Heights, MI 48310

Location Notes: Paved path

 

Stage Nature Center (0.75 – 2 miles) – Troy

6685 Coolidge Hwy, Troy, MI 48098

Location Notes: Paved + mulched trails, No pets

 

 

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ABOUT ASHLEY HUBBARD-PORTER

Ashley Porter is a Chicago native who now calls Birmingham home. Ashley and her husband Mike and son Jake love attending local festivals, exploring Detroit’s diverse food scene, and venturing outside of Metro Detroit to enjoy the natural beauty of Michigan. With a background in Early Childhood Education, Ashley loves connecting with and supporting families in her community, which is why she is so excited to be a part of LittleGuide Detroit.

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