Metro Detroit Family Hiking GuideThere's a crisp in the air and the leaves are starting to turn - which makes it the perfect time to bundle up, get outside and go for a hike!... Metro Detroit Family Hiking Guide skip to Main Content

Metro Detroit Family Hiking Guide

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There’s a crisp in the air and the leaves are starting to turn – which makes it the perfect time to bundle up, get outside and go for a hike! It’s such a fun (and free) thing to do as a family. With nature all around, there are endless things to discover, talk about or just enjoy some exercise together. The added bonus is when there’s a cider mill or ice cream at the end of the hike. Happy trails! 

 

Huron Meadows Metropark Trail (11 miles) – Brighton

8765 Hammel Road, Brighton, MI 48116

Location Notes: Natural trail, restrooms

 

Island Lake Trail (4 miles) –  Brighton

6301 Kensington Rd, Brighton MI, 48116

Location Notes: Paved trail

 

Lake Erie Metropark Trail (3 miles) – Brownstown

32481 W. Jefferson, Brownstown MI 48173

Location Notes: Paved, restrooms, metropark has a Lake Erie Marshlands Museum.

 

Lower Rouge River Recreation Trails (4 miles) – Canton

 1150 S Canton Center Rd, Canton, MI 48188

Location Notes: Gravel trail

 

Proud Lake Recreation Area (6 miles) – Commerce

3500 N. Wixom Road, Commerce Twp. MI, 48382

Location Notes: Nature trail, restroom

 

Hines Drive (19.5 miles) – Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Westland, Livonia & Northville

33175 Ann Arbor Trail, Westland, MI 48185 (multiple parking lots along route)

Location Notes: Paved

 

Dequindre Cut (2 miles) – Detroit

1799 Wilkins St, Detroit, MI 48207

Location Notes: Paved trail

 

Detroit Riverwalk (3.5 miles) – Detroit

1801 Atwater St, Detroit, MI 48207

Location Notes: Paved

 

Lake St. Clair Metropark Trail (3 miles) – Harrison Township

31300 Metro Parkway, Harrison Township MI 48045

Location Notes: Paved, restrooms, metropark has a nature center.

 

Penosha Trail (5 miles) – Howell

 6360 Chilson Rd, Howell, MI 48843

Location Notes: Nature trail, restrooms

 

Kensington Metropark Trail (8.5 miles) – Milford

4570 Huron River Parkway, Milford, MI 48380

Location Notes: Paved, restrooms, metropark has a nature center and farm center.

 

Oakwoods Metropark Trail (15 miles) – New Boston

32911 Willow Road, New Boston, MI 48164

Location Notes: Paved and natural trail (multiple routes), restrooms, metropark has a nature center.

 

Bennett Arboretum (2 miles) – Northville

44155 Deep Hollow Cir, Northville, MI 48168

Location Notes: Nature trail

 

Maybury State Park Trail (6 miles) – Northville

20145 Beck Road, Northville MI, 48167

Location Notes: Nature trail

 

Polly Ann Trail (14.2 miles) – Orion Township, Oxford Township, the Village of Oxford, Addison Township, & the Village of Leonard

1335 Joslyn Rd, Lake Orion, MI 48360

Location Notes: Paved and natural surface

 

Paint Creek Trail (8.9 miles) – Rochester & Lake Orion

400 Sixth Street, Rochester, Michigan, 48307

Location Notes: Surfaced with crushed limestone, seasonally opened restrooms,  Paint Creek Cider Mill is accessible halfway through the trail.

 

Clinton River Trail (16 miles) – Rochester Hills, Sylvan Lake, Pontiac, Auburn Hills

786 Orchard Lake Rd, Pontiac, MI 48341

Location Notes: Paved and natural surface

 

Macomb Orchard Trail (23 miles) – Rochester, Washington, Romeo, Armada & Richmond

52999 Dequindre Rd, Rochester, MI 48307

Location Notes: Paved

 

Stony Creek Metropark Trail (6 miles) – Shelby Township

4300 Main Park Road, Shelby Township, MI 48316

Location Notes: Paved and natural trail (multiple routes), restrooms, metropark has a nature center.

 

Carpenter Lake Nature Preserve Loop (1 miles) – Southfield

27101 W 10 Mile Rd, Southfield, MI 48033

Location Notes: Nature trail

 

West Bloomfield Trail (7 miles) – West Bloomfield, Orchard Lake, Keego Harbor & Sylvan Lake

2294 Woodrow Wilson, West Bloomfield, MI 48324

Location Notes: Surfaced with crushed gravel, seasonally portable restrooms, access point at West Bloomfield Woods Nature Preserve

 

Cedar Creek Trail (2.75 miles) – White Lake

5200 Highland Road, White Lake MI, 48383

Location Notes: Nature trail

 

Pontiac Lake Recreation Trail (8.8 miles) – Waterford

7800 Gale Road, Waterford MI, 48327

Location Notes: Nature trail, restrooms

 

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About Carrie Budzinski

Carrie Budzinski is the Vice President of LittleGuide Detroit. She grew up in Livonia and Detroit and continues to live life in both cities. Carrie loves exploring the city and finding hidden gems in the suburbs..

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