Take a Hike on These Metro Detroit Trails

By: Aaron B. Cohen | March 15, 2021
Hiking Trails in Metro Detroit

After a year of isolation, Metro Detroiters are more eager than ever to get outside and enjoy some pure Michigan. Those living in and around cities often feel that a road trip is necessary to attain the serenity they desire, but the reality is that inspiring natural beauty can be found just around the corner.

We are fortunate to live in a community that takes pride in establishing and maintaining a broad assortment of outdoor recreational activities. Among them, hiking trails provide the opportunity to escape the chaos of our daily lives and get back to mankind’s oldest source of happiness – a sunny day. Here are a few hiking trails that will get you off the couch and on your feet.

Belle Isle Loop

Officially within Detroit’s city limits, Belle Isle offers respite from the concrete jungle of downtown. This 5.4-mile Belle Isle Loop provides unbeatable views of both Detroit and Windsor with a cool breeze rolling off the river. It’s a unique opportunity to enjoy quiet forested areas, the beach and the skyline simultaneously. Bring a picnic lunch, your dog and a swimsuit for a full day of fun.

Dequindre Cut

Detroit Dequindre Cut

The Dequindre Cut in Detroit, Michigan. Photo via Detroitriverfront.org.

If you prefer man-made beauty, the Dequindre Cut boasts an excess of some of Detroit’s most impressive murals. If you’re looking to spend an entire Saturday outside, start the day early at Eastern Market – grab breakfast and some fresh fruit for the road – and then walk the length of the trail to the newly renovated Detroit Riverfront. Grab a lunch and beer at Atwater Brewery, then return to the river around sunset. You’ll be amazed at how much natural beauty can exist in an urban setting.

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Maybury State Park

This Northville destination provides “Up North” level beauty with local convenience. Along with countless trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding, the park also features a farm, offering educational demonstrations of sheep-shearing, honey extraction and grain harvesting. The kids will love the hands-on activities and you will be thankful for a day away from the city.

Kensington Metropark

No Metro Detroit childhood is complete without at least one round of disc golf at Kensington. Fortunately, the extended 27-hole course (golf is 18) allows for repeated visits without repeating the entirety. The park also features a regulation golf course and full-scale water park along with 4,486 acres of beautiful forest and trails surrounding Kent Lake.

Independence Oaks County Park

At Independence Oaks County Park, you’ll find 1,286 acres of nature to enjoy. The park encompasses 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.