The 13 individual Metroparks that comprise the Huron-Clinton Metroparks each offer a variety of acitivities that are tailored to families and individuals throughout the year.
For more information on the wide array of activities available at your local Metropark, please click the options below.
Dexter-Huron Metropark has a paved path perfect for biking. The trail travels along the winding Huron River and is part of Washtenaw County’s B2B Trail and the State’s Iron Belle Trail. Observe a variety of resident wildlife along the way. Pets on a six-foot leash are permitted.
Continue your trek through Downtown Dexter and to Hudson Mills Metropark for a seven-mile one-way ride. The suggested route through town to Hudson Mills is the following Central Street and accessing the trail via Mill Creek Park. A 2.5-mile looped trail can be found within Hudson Mills Metropark when you get there.
Dexter-Huron is a great place for road cyclists to access one of the great cycling routes in Michigan. Many cyclists enjoy biking on Huron River Drive between Dexter and Ann Arbor. Please note there are no bike lanes on this stretch of road.
Canoeing and Kayaking
Enjoy a canoe excursion to Dexter-Huron Metropark within a state-designated Natural Rivers Area. The smooth, tranquil waters of the Huron River make this an excellent location for all skill levels. Observe belted kingfishers, great blue herons, and other waterfowl as you glide past tree-lined shores. The Huron River has been designated as the 18th trail of the National Water Trail System, joining a network of nation exemplary water trails from Puget Sound to the Hudson River.
Dexter-Huron Metropark has one natural shoreline launch for canoes and kayaks. Please view the park map for location.
Skip’s Huron River Canoe Livery
Canoe, kayak, and tubing trips, starting at either Hudson Mills or Dexter-Huron Metropark, and finishing at Delhi Metropark, can be arranged from Skip’s Huron River Canoe Livery in Delhi Metropark. The canoe livery is open daily, the first weekend in May through Labor Day, weather and river conditions permitting. To reserve a canoe or kayak, reserve online, or contact Skip’s Canoe Livery at (734) 769-8686.
A Metroparks vehicle entry permit is required to enter any Metropark and is only $40 annually for regular admission, $29 annually for seniors or $10 daily.
More information and pricing can be found on Skip’s Website
Bring your fishing rod, tackle box and cast your line in the crisp, morning waters of the Huron River. A serene, natural setting and ample wildlife complete your experience. Common catches include smallmouth and largemouth bass. This area is well known for fly-fishing, and there are good spots for shoreline fishing, as well. A Michigan Fishing license is required.
Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share your experiences online. Geocaching is enjoyed by people from all age groups with a strong sense of community and support for the environment.
Geocaches are located throughout the Huron-Clinton Metroparks. If you wish to place a cache within a Metropark, see the rules, regulations, and site permit application.
Metal detecting is permitted in many, but not all, areas of the Metroparks. A permit is required (no cost) which can be picked up at the park office. Please check with individual parks to see where detecting is prohibited.
Complete your day at Dexter-Huron Metropark with lunch or supper at the park. The 122-acre remote site is a peaceful haven for an outdoor meal with friends or family. Choose between three picnic shelters and shady picnic areas for meals. Swings, slides, and a baseball diamond are available. Walk the six-circle labyrinth for a peaceful experience. Most parking areas are near the river, providing easy access for kayakers and canoeists. For reservation information call Hudson Mills Metropark at (734) 426-8211.