Stony Creek has long been known for its wide variety of walking and running trails. When it comes to trails we have everything you could ask for in southeast Michigan and more. In fact, the one comment we continually hear is that people come to Stony Creek to get that "up north" feeling.
First time runners and walkers to Stony Creek should take advantage of the Hike-Bike Trail that encircles Stony Creek Lake. This is a ten foot wide paved path that is six miles long marked every quarter mile. The path has several gradual hills mixed in with flat straight stretches, the perfect place for those base building miles. Most people start and end at the boat launch parking lot.
For the more seasoned runner and walker you will enjoy the West Branch Picnic Area trails. Starting from parking lot B and F in the West Branch Picnic Area, these trails offer two-track and single-track dirt trails. These trails have flat areas along with several hills that can present a real challenge to the most hardy runner or walker. Keep your eyes open for wildlife and you might see wild turkeys and the occasional deer. While maintained by park staff, these trails can be rough and uneven so please use care while traversing them.
for a map for the West Branch trail system.
Check out our newly opened "Trolley Trails" located across from Eastwood Beach. These trails are a multi-use system of trails enjoyed by both bikers and walkers. The Trolley Trails use a portion of the old interurban light rail system created in the early 1900's to move people and goods to and from Detroit and the surrounding area.
for a map of the Trolley Trails.
Nature Trails are open every day from the moment the park opens to dusk. The Nature Center is located at the north end of the park and trails there are reserved for walkers only
. Pets are not allowed in this portion of the park.
for a map of the Stony Creek Metropark Park.