8 Reasons Maybury State Park Is a Hit with Kids

Explore this natural gem in Northville with these kid-friendly trails and activities. Happy trails!

Maybury State Park is a natural gem tucked away at the edge of metro Detroit. The state park offers 944 acres of gently rolling terrain, open meadows, forests and fun outdoor recreation activities for families. 

Quick details about Maybury State Park

Maybury State Park
Photo credit: Michigan DNR

With more than 26 miles of trail experiences and plenty of nature-focused activities, families can enjoy an active, exciting day in the great outdoors. Check out these kid-friendly activities for children of all ages and start planning your family’s next outdoor adventure. Happy trails! 

Things to do with kids at Maybury State Park

maybury state park
Photo credit: Michigan DNR

  • Hike six miles of interconnecting loops that stretch across the entire park.
  • Ride bikes on four miles of paved trails, or test your off-road skills by mountain biking
  • Have a scenic picnic at the park. Charcoal grills are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Picnic shelters are also available for rental. 
  • Play at an accessible, inclusive playground for kids of all abilities. 
  • Attend a nature education program designed for kids and families. Check the Michigan DNR’s calendar to find an event for your family. 
  • Visit Maybury Farm for wagon rides, animal encounters, gardening experiences, farm fresh goodies and more family fun. 
  • Go fishing off the pier located on an eight-acre, spring-fed fishing pond. 
  • Strap on your cross-country skis or snowshoes and explore the park in the snow. 

Tips for visiting Maybury State Park with kids

Maybury State Park
Photo credit: Michigan DNR

  • Download the park’s map before you go. 
  • The state park has two main entrances: one off Eight Mile Road and one off Beck Road. 
  • Rent a track chair. The park’s track chair is key to making the outdoors accessible. Track chairs are off-road, electric chairs that can handle trails, snow, sand and water crossings that wheelchairs cannot navigate. Rent the park’s chair at the park headquarters maintenance shop, located off the Eight Mile Road entrance. 
  • Pack plenty of water and snacks to stay hydrated and fueled during your outdoor adventure. 
  • Check the weather forecast before you go, and plan ahead for potential weather conditions. 
  • Wear sunscreen and bug spray as needed.

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Nikki Roberts
Nikki Roberts
Nikki Roberts is the assistant editor on the Metro Parent team. She is always on the lookout for the coolest and trendiest new attractions, restaurants and events for metro Detroit families. Her newsletters, online family guides and exciting digital content keep families informed on all the latest happenings around town.

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