The best hiking trails in Metro Detroit

The leaves are changing and it’s the perfect time to enjoy the many hiking trails around metro Detroit. Many of the area’s Metroparks and nature preserves offer scenic views and multiple trails for hiking, cycling, cross country skiing, and horse riding. A linked map marks the pathways that offer all or some of these.

The map spans as far north as Kensington Metropark to the long trail system at the Lower Huron Metropark. Also included are some urban trails like the Dequindre Cut to explore. Remember that Metroparks need a pass, as does Belle Isle (if you drive there). There are also included links to park/trail maps, where applicable.By no means is this an exhaustive list, as many local parks offer places to wander, hike, jog, or bike.

For example, Paint Creek Trail in northern Oakland County runs nearly 9 miles and was the state’s first non-motorized rail-to-trail. It’s a favorite for joggers, cyclists, cross-country skiers, and hikers. It runs from Rochester to Lake Orion, and there are a variety of places to park to access the trail.

Up in Shelby Township and going into both Oakland and Macomb Counties, Stony Creek Metropark has 27 miles of hiking trails. The park has a variety of trails, from paved to primitive, flat to hilly, and some are shared with cyclists.

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