Detroit January 05, 2017
9 Epic Hiking Spots Around Detroit That Are Completely Out Of This World
Detroit is a bustling, exciting metropolis with plenty to see and do. But everyone needs a break from the chaos of everyday life from time to time, and there’s no better way to replenish your energy and emotional health than with a day on the hiking trail. Here are nine incredible hiking spots near Detroit.
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
1. Stony Creek Metropark (4300 Main Park Dr, Shelby Charter Township)
This Shelby Charter Township park is overflowing with outdoor activities, and hiking is top among them. In its entirety, the park covers over 4,000 acres of land — so there’s plenty of space to explore.
2. Proud Lake Recreation Area (2700 Glengary Rd, Commerce Charter Twp)
Head to Commerce Township and breathe in the fresh air at this beautiful outdoor area. You’ll hike through wetlands, forested areas, and along beautiful views of the Huron River.
3. Paint Creek Trail (Oakland County)
This 8.9 mile trail follows a railroad line and features all sorts of natural beauty to explore. Whether you stop in for a picnic or make a daylong outdoor adventure out of it, you’re sure to have a blast.
4. Milford Trail (Milford)
On bike or by foot, this trail is an absolute must-visit in the greater Detroit area. You’ll undoubtedly adore your hike through the unique wooded space.
5. Park Lyndon (Washtenaw County)
Enjoy the great outdoors at this unique area in Washtenaw County, which features extensive wetlands and beautiful nature trails that house over 500 plant species.
6. Macomb Orchard Trail (Macomb County)
This stunning natural area in Macomb County draws in hundreds of visitors each year who love the outdoors. In total, the trail covers nearly 24 miles.
7. Holland Ponds Park (50385 Ryan Rd, Shelby Charter Township)
This amazing natural oasis in Shelby Charter Township is known for more than just its incredible hiking trails — it’s also home to a large and fascinating heron population. See if you can spot nests in the photo above!
8. Indian Springs Metropark (5200 Indian Trail, White Lake)
This park, located nine miles northwest of Pontiac, is a major draw for hiking enthusiasts throughout the Detroit area. It’s known largely for its golf course, but it also houses miles upon miles of trails that contain all sorts of flora and farna.
9. Maybury State Park Hiking Trail (20145 Beck Rd, Northville)
Check out this 4-mile loop at Maybury State Park for a perfect afternoon excursion. There are even options for horseback riding and biking.
Do you have a favorite hiking spot in the Detroit area? Share your suggestions in the comments below.