3 Reasons to Visit and Enjoy the Macomb County Metroparks

Macomb County is home to three of the 13 Huron-Clinton Metroparks. Here are three top reasons to plan family visits to each of these wonderful parks.

I love spending time outside. Hiking, kayaking, biking, bird watching — you name it. And for me, outdoor fun is even better when it’s a family affair. Gathering my kids and spending time outside is what I daydream about, especially when I’m sitting at my desk. My favorite outdoor destinations to visit in Macomb County are the three Huron-Clinton Metroparks.

From Lake St. Clair Metropark, with its ample lakefront and paved trail that’s perfect for a family bike ride, to Stony Creek Metropark, with its miles of hiking trails, to Wolcott Mill Metropark, with its unique farm center and mountain biking trails, Macomb County has a high concentration of places to escape to every season of the year. I envy the residents of Macomb County because they have these Metroparks close by.

The Metroparks are a great reason to visit Macomb County — and a great reason to call Macomb County home.

What are the best reasons to visit the three Macomb County Metroparks?

Here, we’ve gathered three reasons why Macomb County is so special from the perspective of Metropark density:

1. You can camp and never leave Macomb County

Photo credit: Huron Clinton Metroparks

Here’s a best-kept secret: Stony Creek Metropark offers a special Up North experience that’s right on your doorstep. Ridgewood Campground is a large, rustic site with nearby restrooms. Reservations are available for weekends between Memorial Day and mid-September. The sites are great for tent camping or even motorhomes or pop-up campers. Learn more and start making your family camping plans now.

2. For fall color, visit the Metroparks regularly

Photo credit: Huron-Clinton Metroparks

Autumn in Macomb County is stunning, and fall beauty is super-concentrated in the Metroparks. What’s really nice is that all three Metroparks have fall calendars packed with family events. Grab the family and learn about bats at Stony Creek Metropark, take a wagon ride at Wolcott Mill Metropark or take a twilight hike at Lake St. Clair Metropark.

To find out what’s happening throughout the year at the three Metroparks in Macomb County, bookmark the Huron-Clinton Metroparks website and check back often. Plan ahead, especially if you want to take advantage of the many events and activities during the packed autumn season.

3. Winter is perfect at all three Macomb County Metroparks

Photo credit: Huron-Clinton Metroparks

Winter is a time when we flock indoors, but you’ll never regret spending a winter day at one of of Metroparks in Macomb County and here’s why: nature is extraordinary during the winter season.

If you’ve never tried ice fishing, this is something you can do at Lake St. Clair Metropark or Stony Creek Metropark. Same goes for cross-country skiing — and Stony Creek is your one-stop-shop for low-cost ski rentals.

All the things you love to do at Wolcott Mill Metropark, like visiting the animals or hiking the trails, you can still do in the winter season. Spoiler: some say a visit is like walking through a snow globe!

Before you make your next visit to Wolcott Mill Metropark, learn more about the history of this unique destination.

For more information on living and learning in Macomb County, visit Make Macomb Your Home. Find more articles like this at Metro Parent’s A Family Guide to Macomb County.

Claire Charlton
Claire Charlton
An enthusiastic storyteller, Claire Charlton focuses on delivering top client service as a content editor for Metro Parent. In her 20+ years of experience, she has written extensively on a variety of topics and is keen on new tech and podcast hosting. Claire has two grown kids and loves to read, run, camp, cycle and travel.


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