4300 Main Park Road
Shelby Township, MI 48316 – Map Me
(586) 781-9113

School Season
1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Weekdays
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Weekends

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Daily

A Metroparks Vehicle Entry Permit is required to visit.


Stony Creek, the surrounding topography of Stony Creek Metropark, the nature study area and the Stony Creek watershed are the result of glaciations which occurred in this area approximately 10,000 years ago. Within the Nature Study Area are numerous examples of the ecosystems and habitats of Southeastern Michigan. The main branch of Stony Creek and its floodplain are within a few hundred feet of the Nature Center. Two large permanent woodland ponds, constructed adjacent to the creek very early in the history of the estate are only a short distance away. More than half of the one hundred acre north end of the lake is within the nature area as are a number of vernal ponds in woodland settings throughout the site.

These aquatic features, as well as open meadows, old fields and woodlots are all traversed by a well planned, foot-traffic-only trail system. The staff maintains five-miles of interpretively labeled, self-guided nature trails. An additional thirteen-miles of non-labeled, self-discovery hiking trails are also available to the inquisitive visitor.

With a visit to the Nature Center, you will see live snakes, frogs, turtles and fish, along with permanent and seasonal exhibits. Park interpreters conduct interesting hikes and other programs including paddling a 34-foot Voyageur canoe to learn about Stony Creek Lake. Trail maps and program information are available at the Nature Center or Park Office. Please contact the Nature Center at 586-781-9113


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