We started our feature on the Huron-Clinton Metroparks last month, beginning with Kensington Metropark. Now, our focus shifts to Stony Creek Metropark in Shelby Township. The park costs $7 for a daily pass or $30 for an annual pass ($20 for seniors ages 62 and older).
Stony Creek gives off the impression of an “up north” atmosphere. It covers 4,461 acres of scenic beauty, which includes 500 acres of Stony Creek Lake. As you may have guessed, the lake provides numerous opportunities for swimming, boating and fishing, while the weather is still warm. In fact, avid fishers can rejoice in the fact that Stony Creek has the state record for most crappie caught there.
There are several other activities available at this park. There is something for just about everyone. Biking or inline skating through a 6.1-mile long paved trail circling the lake is not only great exercise, but also provides breathtaking views. Bike rental is available daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
There is also 14 miles worth of hilly, wooded and dirt trails, making for great mountain biking terrain. In addition, a 5-acre mountain bike skills course is available, equipped with challenging obstacles. Stony Creek also hosts a number of bike and running events throughout the year, such as 5Ks, half marathons and mountain bike and cycling events.
The Stony Creek golf course covers 6,928 yards, and is a par 72. The course provides heavily wooded fairways and water hazards, allowing for a challenging course. Senior rates and junior rates (ages 20 and younger) are available for a discount. For those interested in disc golf, the Buckhorn disc golf course provides 27 holes of challenging fun.
The park’s diverse land area also attracts a wide variety of birds, which provides prime opportunities for birding. Other activities include camping, visiting the nature center, picnicking and going down the three-story tall inflatable waterslide: the Rip Slide.
Did I mention, you can even host your outdoor wedding here? With all of this said, you’ll just have to visit the park yourself and draw your own opinions. Chances are high you’re going to have a great time, though.