Walk, Hike and Bike Your Way Through the Trails of Southeast Michigan
By: Michael Fossbakk
April 4, 2016
It’s that time of year again! The weather is warming up in southeast Michigan and people are coming out of their winter slumber to enjoy the extra hours of daylight while getting some vitamin D therapy in the form of that sweet, sweet sunshine!
One great way to celebrate that weather is to head outside and enjoy a nice long walk, hike or bike trip on one of the many beautiful trails in the area.
This seven-mile stretch of trail takes budding adventurers through West Bloomfield, Orchard Lake, Keego Harbor and Sylvan Lake, spanning Haggerty Road to Sylvan Manor Park. The trail is open to runners, walkers and cyclists alike. For large sections, you and your fellow hikers will be entrenched in nature (save for a few homes across the ponds and wetlands), providing exactly what every escapist yearns for.
Located in Northville, Michigan, Maybury State Park is one of the most robust local parks in terms of what it offers explorers of all ages. Trail-blazers can take on six miles of a paved hiking path while cyclists can enjoy the scenery of a four mile paved bike path. The park also includes a playground for children, a picnic area when you need to refuel and an eight acre pond in which you can go fishing.
This trail started in the 1970s due to the then-fuel crisis. It provided a means by which travelers could make their regular commutes without using a normal fuel-based vehicle like a car, thus reducing fuel emissions. The I-275 Metro Trail is still around today and provides the same alternative to travel by car. After falling into disrepair for some time, the Michigan Department of Transportation, volunteers and planners worked together to bring the trail up to working conditions. Today, the trail is open to all and while bikers are its primary purveyors, walkers and runners can also be seen by car when traveling down the popular interstate.