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A total of 24,521. That’s how many acres of land the Huron-Clinton Metroparks here in southeast Michigan fill. And, of those acres, 2,334 are nature areas, 14,761 are for recreation and nearly 600 are used for farming.
The Huron-Clinton Metroparks also have a combined 58 miles of hiking and biking trails, 19 miles for mountain biking, 36 miles of equestrian trails and 64 miles of trails for cross-country skiing (Huron Meadows is a top spot for this sport!).
With all that space, there truly is something for everyone at the Huron-Clinton Metroparks – no matter the season.
“We provide an extraordinarily well maintained, safe environment for families,” says Amy McMillan, director of the Huron-Clinton Metroparks, which includes a wealth of recreational opportunities, wildlife viewing, bird watching, paddle boarding, kayaking, ice skating and much more.
The 13 Huron-Clinton Metroparks welcome roughly 7.3 million visitors each year and are spread out throughout southeast Michigan. Below, peek at the list of local Metroparks and their cities:
- Delhi Metropark, located in Ann Arbor
- Dexter-Huron Metropark, located in Dexter
- Hudson Mills Metropark, located in Dexter
- Huron Meadows Metropark, located in Brighton
- Indian Springs Metropark, located in White Lake
- Kensington Metropark, located in Milford
- Lake Erie Metropark, located in Brownstown
- Lake St. Clair Metropark, located in Harrison Township
- Lower Huron Metropark, located in Belleville
- Oakwoods Metropark, located in Flat Rock
- Stony Creek Metropark, located in Shelby Township
- Willow Metropark, located in New Boston
- Wolcott Mill Metropark, located in Ray Township
In the spring and summer, aside from a variety of events that happen at each park, visitors enjoy activities like swimming, biking, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, baseball and basketball. Families also can rent out spaces to have reunions or a picnic – not to mention enjoy some top-notch disc golf and traditional golf.
“Our golf courses are really extraordinary. Kensington’s golf course was named one of the 10 best public golf courses,” McMillan says. There are also high-level courses at Stony Creek and Indian Springs. “There’s something for every level of golfer and different experience at each park.”
During the fall, visit to watch the trees change color, enjoy hiking and biking or stop by a nature center to enjoy an interpretive program or nature walk.
“Our interpretive programs and our nature center programs are amazing,” she adds. Programs are offered in the parks, but the Huron-Clinton Metroparks also has outreach programs. Representatives visit local schools to offer hundreds of programs in districts throughout the region.
The goal, McMillan says, is to plant that “seed of respect to nature and love of nature” among youth in the community.
In the winter months, in addition to cross-country skiing, visitors can enjoy snowshoeing, ice fishing, ice skating, ice hockey, sledding, snowboarding and tobogganing at several of the Metroparks.
Local families tend to have their favorite park, McMillan says, but she suggests visiting other Metroparks close to your home – or even a little farther away – to experience their offerings, too.
“Even if you’re not an outdoor person, in the wintertime there are super cool things to do,” she says.
Bring your kids to Wolcott Farm, where you can find six heritage breeds of cows, she says. All the buildings are heated, plus there are some new baby animals to meet. Wolcott also has two calves – and there are baby pigs at Kensington, as well.
There’s so much for parents and kids to explore at all 13 Huron-Clinton Metroparks.
“I think the thing that’s really important is that each one of our parks has its own characteristics – it has its own things that are standouts,” McMillan says. “There is such an incredible experience at each Metropark.”
For more on the Huron-Clinton Metroparks, visit the Huron-Clinton Metroparks website.