Detroit January 21, 2017
9 Amazing State Parks Around Detroit That Will Blow You Away
Sure, the Motor City is often cited for its importance in the auto industry and its history as a bustling manufacturing hub. But that doesn’t mean Detroiters can’t appreciate the great outdoors. Here are nine state parks and recreation areas around Detroit that will give you the escape you’ve been searching for.
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
1. William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor (1900 Atwater St, Detroit)
Milliken State Park is unique in that it’s Michigan’s first state park to be situated in an urban environment. It occupies a section of Detroit’s famous International Riverfront, covering 31 beautiful acres in all.
2. Sterling State Park (2800 State Park Rd, Monroe)
With one mile of stunning lakeshore, Sterling State Park is Michigan's sole state park to be situated along Lake Erie. Visitors can dip their toes in the water, camp near the beach, or take a calming walk through the surrounding natural area.
3. Maybury State Park (20145 Beck Rd, Northville)
Venture to Northville and check out this delightful park, which offers opportunities for all sorts of outdoor activities. Whether you’re taking a leisurely hike, enjoying a cross-country skiing adventure, or even perusing the on-site educational farm, you won’t be disappointed.
4. Highland State Recreation Area
This delightful recreation area is a great place to head when you’re looking for a pet-friendly spot. As long as you keep your pup on a leash, you can both enjoy the hilly wilderness of this White Lake locale. What better way to spend an afternoon?
5. Algonac State Park (8732 N River Rd, Marine City)
This unique park is well worth a drive out of the city. Ride your bike or walk along the shores of the Saint Clair River, where you might just catch a view of a freighter making its way through.
6. Seven Lakes State Park (14390 Fish Lake Rd, Holly)
Make the drive to Holly for a visit to Seven Lakes, where you’ll find 230 acres of land that offer opportunities for fishing, camping, hiking, and practically every other outdoor activity you can imagine. It’s one of the calmest and most scenic state parks in the area.
7. Dodge #4 State Park (4250 Parkway St, Waterford Twp)
No matter what the season, you’ll find an exciting activity to participate in at this park in Waterford Township. With plenty of space (139 acres, to be exact) of waterfront land that offers boating, cross-country skiing, and good old-fashioned nature hikes, there's something for everyone.
8. Island Lake State Recreation Area (12950 E Grand River Ave, Brighton)
Featuring 4,000 acres of beautiful land, this recreation area will completely take your breath away. Walk among lovely meadows and sprawling forested sections as you breathe in the fresh air of Island Lake.
9. Pontiac Lake Recreation Area (7800 Gale Rd, Waterford Twp)
This camping area is often praised for its clean beachfront and relaxed atmosphere. It’s a perfect place to escape with a few friends when you need a break from the hustle and bustle of Detroit life.
Which park is your favorite when you need some rest and relaxation? Tell us in the comments below!