Amazing Metro Detroit Hiking Trails

By: Scott Davis | June 24, 2019

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Life can be stressful. It’s an obvious fact of life and, yet, stress can still get the better of us. Luckily for Metro Detroiters, there are plenty of parks and trails that can serve as your own personal escape. Just imagine getting away from whatever has you worried for a couple of hours, taking in a deep breath of fresh air and finding a little peace in the quiet atmosphere of Michigan.

That tranquility can be found whether you’re in the heart of Detroit or in the surrounding communities. Here are a few places to relax and unwind in the great outdoors of Metro Detroit.

Dequindre Cut

If you prefer an urban environment over getting lost in the woods, the two-mile stretch known as the Dequindre Cut is perfect for an outdoor stroll. At one end of this pathway, you’ll find Eastern Market, a perfect place to grab a bite to eat as you head out for or end a relaxing walk. At the other end is the Detroit Riverfront, a 3.5-mile stretch along the beautiful Detroit River. The Dequindre Cut is also home to eye-catching murals and they alone make this worth the trip.

Maybury State Park

Located in Northville, Maybury State Park is a perfect nature getaway year round. Whether you enjoy walking, running, biking or even horseback riding, Maybury has a trail for you to explore. The park is also home to a farm that can be visited all year with demonstrations of sheep shearing, honey extraction and grain harvesting.


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Kensington Metropark

With 4,486 acres of woods and trails surrounding beautiful Kent Lake, Kensington Metropark has no shortage of places to explore. By walking, running or biking the park’s 8.5-mile trail, you’ll find yourself surrounded by lush greenery and beautiful wildlife. There’s also an 18-hole regulation golf course and a 27-hole disc course. End your day at one of the park’s beaches or the Splash ‘n’ Blast water park.

Independence Oaks County Park


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At Independence Oaks County Park, you’ll find 1,286 acres of nature to enjoy. The park encompases more than 12 miles of natural and paved trails, perfect for a run or walk. There is also plenty else to do, like boat, kayak and canoe rental, volleyball courts, a swimming beach and archery range.