Embrace the Winter at These Local Parks

By: Scott Davis | February 14, 2020

This winter, like every other winter, has had its fair share of below-freezing temperatures, large amounts of snowfall, and slippery driving conditions. While that might not be pleasant all of the time, there are some things you can do before spring comes to enjoy the outdoors. So take advantage of the winter weather and head out to snowshoe and cross country ski at these local parks!

Maybury State Park

Northville’s Maybury State Park wooded and gently rolling trails are perfect to be explored on foot, bike, or even skiing. The 1,000 acre park features a six mile cross country ski trail with plenty of breathtaking views. The state park also has a track chair program that helps visitors explore parts of the park where traditional wheelchairs might not be able to; be sure to visit the park’s website for more information!

Paint Creek Trail

Converted to a trail from the former Penn Central Railroad, Oakland County’s Paint Creek Trail is the perfect place to try some snowshoeing. The trail is eight feet wide and ranges nearly nine miles in length with plenty of opportunities to stop and take in the view. Be sure to follow the trail’s Facebook page for exciting events and information about the trail.

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Island Lake Recreation Area

Island Lake Recreation Area spans 4,000 acres in Livingston County and is a perfect outdoor escape year round. The terrain features open areas perfect for cross country skiing with a mixture of open brush and mature hardwood forest. Be sure to come back in the summer months to see the beautiful lakes and even catch hot air balloons launch in the early morning.

Waterloo Recreation Area

Waterloo Recreation Area, the largest state park in the Lower Peninsula, offers plenty of activities throughout the year. The Chelsea park is home to the DTE Energy Foundation Trail, which is known for its mountain biking trails in the summer, but the area is perfect for cross-country skiing. The trail consists of four loops, ranging in size and difficulty, so be sure to check the website to see which trail is best for you.

Pinckney-Potawatomi Trail

Located in the Pinckney Recreation Area, the Pinckney-Potawatomi Trail stretches 17.4 miles with plenty of great terrain for some cross-country skiing. The trailhead is found near Silver Lake and features technical climbs and descents throughout. For more outdoor fun, be sure to check out the Pinckney Recreation Area which spans over 11,000 acres.

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