Detroit November 14, 2019
9 Picturesque Trails Around Detroit That Are Perfect For Winter Hiking
There’s nothing more magical than heading out for a winter hike. After all, it’s hard to beat the peaceful experience of strolling through the snow alongside loved ones, and Metro Detroit offers its fair share of trails to explore. This winter, be sure to bundle up and head outside to stretch your legs along these nine breathtaking chilly weather trails near the Motor City.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Stage Nature Center Trails (6685 Coolidge Hwy., Troy)
In total, the trail system at this nature center features five path options, so you can adjust your outdoor adventure to your liking. During your time here, you’ll stroll through stunning forested sections and enjoy access to marshes and meadows. Keep it short with a walk along the Sugar Maple Loop or extend your hike to encompass the entire area - no matter what you choose, you’ll be enchanted.
2. Stony Creek Metropark (4300 Main Park Dr., Shelby Charter Twp.)
The primary trail within this gorgeous park stretches for 6.2 miles and offers some of the prettiest views in Macomb County. In all, the metropark boasts upwards of 4,000 acres to explore, so there’s no telling what you’ll encounter as you make your way along the trail. In winter months, trek along the pathway with cross-country skis or snowshoes.
3. Clinton River Trail (West Bloomfield)
This Oakland County gem is 16 miles long and features stunning views of the Clinton River in every season. The trail connects to several other local pathways, so you can extend your adventure for a truly unforgettable hike this winter. The CRT, as it’s known, is truly unique in that it offers access to both urban and rural parts of Metro Detroit.
4. Nichols Arboretum (1610 Washington Heights, Ann Arbor)
If you find yourself in Ann Arbor, there’s no better place for a cold weather adventure than Nichols Arboretum. Fondly known as “The Arb” by locals, this 123-acre gem offers several trails, all centered around the peaceful Huron River. It’s easy to see why University of Michigan students and out-of-towners alike flock here for a dose of natural splendor.
5. Detroit RiverWalk
When you’re looking for a hiking adventure that won’t take you too far from the Motor City itself, be sure to stroll along the Detroit RiverWalk. Even when the weather is freezing, you’ll still find plenty to appreciate as you take in views of the icy Detroit River and the city skyline. Make your way down to Milliken State Park and snap a few photos of the lighthouse surrounded by snow. What’s not to love?
6. Maybury State Park Hiking Trail (20145 Beck Rd., Northville)
For a shorter hiking outing, head to this trail, which comprises a 3-mile loop and features plenty of forested beauty to explore throughout the year. Dogs are also allowed on the trail, so long as they’re kept on leash, so bring along your four-legged friend for a real family adventure. There’s even a small lake to admire, so bring along a camera to work on your amateur nature photography.
7. Belle Isle
Detroit’s wonderful island park is marvelous all year long, but there’s something undeniably magical about visiting during the winter months. Whether you stroll along the park’s perimeter or simply walk through its many attractions, you’ll be glad you stopped by for a wintertime excursion. When your feet get tired, step into Whitcomb Conservatory and enjoy endless summer among the plant life.
8. Red Oaks Nature Center Trail (30300 Hales St., Madison Heights)
This amazing trail in Madison Heights is ideal for beginners who want a short and sweet journey along the snowy path. The main trail at Red Oaks is a 1.2-mile paved loop that’s perfect for the whole family, regardless of athletic ability. There’s no better place to enjoy some fresh air in Metro Detroit without spending all day among the chilly temperatures.
9. Kensington Metropark Trail (4570 Huron River Pkwy., Milford)
This paved loop trail features nearly 10 miles of terrain to explore, in addition to providing access to several other smaller trails within the park. If you choose to stick to the main loop, you’ll enjoy a scenic atmosphere and plenty of space for cross-country skiing or good, old-fashioned walking. If that weren’t enough, the park also offers opportunities for sledding, tobogganing, and ice skating.
Are there any other hiking areas in and around Detroit that should have been included on our list? Which of these spots is your favorite to appreciate during Michigan’s long, cold winters? Be sure to share your thoughts and suggestions with us in the comment section below!
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