Detroit June 24, 2017
9 Incredible Hikes Under 5 Miles Everyone Around Detroit Should Take
When it comes to natural beauty, Michigan has no shortage — and the Detroit area is overflowing with lovely places to explore. From the Detroit River to all sorts of nearby parks, there’s a spot close to the Motor City to satisfy every outdoor enthusiast. If you’re looking for an easy hike that will show you some of the region’s loveliest scenery, check out these nine options:
1. Milford Trail
This Oakland County trail winds on for 4.2 miles and offers opportunities for walkers and bicyclists alike. You’ll pass woodlands, wetlands, a beautiful pond, and plenty of greenery during your hike — what could be more relaxing after a long workweek in the Motor City?
2. Clinton River Park Trail
Venture to Macomb County and take a stroll along this lovely trail, which stretches on for 4.5 miles through a peaceful forested area. Catch fantastic views of the Clinton River itself, watch for all sorts of wildlife, and take a few moments to unwind amidst the beauty of nature.
3. Dequindre Cut
Looking to enjoy a hike without venturing too far from downtown Detroit? The Dequindre Cut is an ideal spot for you. This railway-turned-public path is approximately two miles long and offers ample opportunity to check out public art while getting in a bit of exercise with loved ones.
4. M-5 Metro Trail
Venture to the Novi area for a jaunt down this pretty trail, which stretches on for two miles and eventually passes through a delightful nature reserve at Long Park. This is a perfect spot to enjoy a picnic lunch or unwind after your hike — you’ll feel refreshed by the time you head home.
5. Detroit Riverfront
This one is a no-brainer. If you live in Detroit, the Riverfront is one of the best spots for a walk — no matter what your age. No, it’s not your typical hiking trail, but the views are priceless. Marvel at the city skyline, watch boats pass on the Detroit River, and enjoy a healthy dose of fresh air as you make your way along the path.
6. Crosswinds Marsh Park
This beautiful park offers eight separate trails, ranging in length from .8 to 4.5 miles. With everything from boardwalks to marshlands, this natural oasis in Wayne County is simply overflowing with flora and fauna. There’s even a series of equestrian-friendly trails for Michiganders who prefer to experience the outdoors on horseback!
7. Acorn Nature Trail (Hudson Mills Metropark)
This family-friendly trail within Hudson Mills Metropark extends for two miles, making it easily manageable for hikers of all ages and abilities. When you embark on this path, you’ll follow a loop through a gorgeous forested area and exit the trail feeling wonderfully refreshed.
8. Lower Rouge River Recreation Trail
This four-mile trail comes complete with beautiful pedestrian bridges, stunning woodlands, and breathtaking views of the Rouge River itself. If you’re looking for a more advanced hike, connect to the I-275 Metro Trail and embark on a longer, more challenging path. Regardless of your athletic level, you’ll have a blast here.
9. Clinton River Spillway Trail
Check out this two-mile path in Macomb County, which offers everything from waterfront views to shaded areas. Grab your bike or explore the trail on foot — no matter how you choose to experience it, this trail will quickly become one of your new favorites.
Have you explored any of these beautiful nature trails in and around Detroit? We’d love to hear about your experiences and see your photos in the comment section below!