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Storybook Walking Trails In Metro Detroit

Photo provided by Overton Park Conservancy.

Storybook walks make the perfect outdoor adventure for kids to engage in literacy and for families to spend time together outside. If you’ve never been before, pages of children’s picture books are displayed at several stations throughout the trail, making it a fun hands-on learning experience for children. 


My family loves visiting our local storybook trail- shout out to Baldwin Library’s story book trail at Beverly Park! My little guy can’t wait to see what the new book is each month and we always have fun walking (mostly running) from “page to page.” The best part is that most Metro Detroit storywalks are located in local parks. So pack a picnic, enjoy a good book, and have fun exploring these local storybook trails with your littles. 


Auburn Hills Public Library Story Walk (Auburn Hills)

Location:  3400 E Seyburn Dr, Auburn Hills
Additional Family Fun: Stroll over to Civic Center Park to explore the nature trails, a fishing pond, disc-golf course, play structures, and picnic tables.


Beverly Park Story Book Trail (Beverly Hills)

Location: Beverly Hills Village Park, 18801 Beverly Rd, Beverly Hills

Additional Family Fun: Playground, disc golf course, sports fields and two minute drive to Douglas Evans Nature Preserve.


Heritage Park Story Trail (Canton)

Location: 1150 S Canton Center Rd, Canton

Additional Family Fun: Playground, walking track, and pond. Please note the splash pad is not open this year.


Clarkston Independence District Library Storywalk (Clarkston)

Location: 6495 Clarkston Road, Clarkston (trail begins behind the library at the entrance to the woods)

Additional Family Fun: Take a 5 minute drive to Independence Oaks park and visit the beach, go on a boat, play archery or take a hike.


Springfield Township Library Storybook Trail (Davisburg)

Location: 12000 Davisburg Rd., Davisburg

Additional Family Fun: Explore the playground or baseball fields at the end of the trail or hop in the car for a short drive to Springfield Oaks County Park which has a beautiful historic barn and walking trails.


Baker Woods Preserve StoryBook Trail (Chelsea)

Location: 11914 Trinkle Rd, Dexter

Additional Family Fun: Stock up on trail snacks and visit Dexter Blueberry Farm.


Highland Township Public Library Storywalk (Highland)

Location: Highland Township Public Library, 444 Beach Farm Circle, Highland

Additional Family Fun: 15 minutes south is Proud Lake Recreation Area with nature trails, fishing docks and boat rentals.


Livonia Civic Center Library StoryWalk (Livonia) 

Location: 32777 Five Mile Road, Livonia (located behind the library).

Additional Family Fun: Get ice cream across the street from the Handi-Dip or take a dip in one of the city’s public pools (reservations required in 2020).


Red Oaks Nature Center Storybook Trail (Madison Heights)

Location: 30300 Hales St, Madison Heights
Additional Family Fun: Nature Center play area, educational children’s classes, paved trails, and picnic tables


Northville District Library Book Walk (Northville)

Location: 212 W. Cady Street, Northville

Additional Family Fun: Look for fairy doors downtown and play on the playground at Mill Race.


Beaver Creek Storywalk (Sterling Heights)

Location: 34100 King Richard Drive, Sterling Heights

Additional Family Fun: Picnic area, baseball diamond, playground, toddler play area, tennis court


Photo credit: Overton Park Conservancy


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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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