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Get outdoors: Celebrate Michigan Trails Week


The Woodland Trail at Indian Springs Metropark

Bet you didn’t know we’re in the middle of Michigan Trails Week?

We are. It’s Michigan’s first official Trails Week, several days of walks, bike rides and safety classes being held around the state through Saturday. The aim is to promote the health benefits of getting out and enjoying the state’s vast network of trails, which are inviting to walkers, runners, hikers, bikers, and off-road vehicle enthusiasts. The network includes water trails – so add kayakers and canoers to the mix.

“Michigan’s more than 12,000 miles of interconnected trails not only offer a place for hikers, bikers, equestrians, off-road vehicle (ORV) users, kayakers and snowmobilers to get out and enjoy their sport, they also offer Michiganders a pathway to a more healthy lifestyle,” says Keith Creagh, director of the state Department of Natural Resources.

Events are being held across the state, but I found only a few hikes planned in the Metro Detroit region. You can check out the calendar of events for details.

If you’re looking for a place to hike locally, there are plenty. The region’s metroparks boast some great trails, some longer than others. Check out Huron-Clinton Metroparks. One of my favorites is the Woodland Trail at Indian Springs Metropark near Pontiac. It’s especially beautiful in the fall.

The state recreation areas scattered throughout southeast Michigan are home to scenic, sometimes challenging trails. Some of the best trails can be found at the Holly Recreation Area near Holly and the Pinckney Recreation Area, northwest of Ann Arbor.

And if you prefer to stay in the suburbs and pursue a more leisurely stroll, check out the West Bloomfield Woods Nature Preserve, the Orchard Lake Nature Sanctuary, or the Lloyd A. Stage Nature Center in Troy. You won’t be disappointed.

Getting outdoors is good for the body and the mind. Enjoy Michigan Trails Week.



Greg Tasker
Greg Tasker is Detroit News Arts and Entertainment Editor and has been writing about travel for more than a decade. His travel stories have appeared in AAA Living, Frommer's Budget Travel, Scouting, AMC Outdoors, Vermont Life and Island Life.