Activities

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.

Biking

Hudson Mills Metropark has a ten-foot wide, paved path perfect for a day of biking. Skip spin class and cycle on nearly 11.75 miles of trails coursing along the winding Huron River, through lush woodlands and expansive fields. Observe a variety of resident wildlife along the way. Pets on a six-foot leash are permitted.

The park’s paved hike/bike trail consists of a 3-mile, looped trail in the main part of the park, which travels north and then crosses the river to head south for another 4.75 miles, traversing wooded areas, wetlands, and prairie along the west side of the Huron River.

The 4.75 mile West River Trail stretches from the park’s northernmost point, at North Territorial Road, all the way south to the City of Dexter’s Mill Creek Park.

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Birding

The mixture of dense woodlands, shallow river waters and serene wetlands attracts a large variety of birds. Bring your binoculars for a chance to glimpse pileated woodpeckers, Louisiana waterthrush, and blue-winged warblers. Follow the path of scarlet tanagers and indigo buntings. A nature interpreter maintains a park bird species list. Birding programs are held throughout the year. Volunteers help maintain our bluebird nest boxes throughout the park. Call (734) 426-8211 for more information.

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Camping

Overnight and day camping is available at Hudson Mills Metropark year-round for organized youth groups within the group camp area (North of North Territorial Road). Full details for camping are available at the park office. Call (734) 426-8211 for more information. Camping permits are required.

Camping sites near the Huron River are available for paddlers. Please call the park office at (734) 426-8211 to reserve.

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Canoeing and Kayaking

Canoe and kayak trips, starting at either Hudson Mills or Dexter-Huron Metropark, and finishing at Delhi Metropark, can be arranged from Skip’s Canoe Livery in Delhi Metropark. Drop in your own canoe or kayak at the Rapids View picnic area. The canoe livery is open daily, May 1 through Labor Day and on weekends in April, September, and October, weather and river conditions permitting. Deposit required. To reserve a canoe or kayak, please contact Skip’s Canoe Livery at (734) 769-8686.

Camping sites near the Huron River are available for paddlers. Please call the park office at (734) 426-8211 to reserve.

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Court Games

No matter what your favorite game, we have the perfect location for you. Plan a tennis match with friends or get the family active with a game of volleyball. Shuffleboard and other courts are located near the Activity Center with equipment rentals available spring through fall.

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Disc Golf

Hudson Mills Metropark’s two, 24-hole disc golf courses are rated among the top courses in Michigan. Disc rentals are available at the Activity Center.

An annual bag tag, which gives unlimited play at all Metropark courses, or a daily wristband is required to play.

  • Annual Bag Tag – $55
  • Senior/Junior (senior 62+, junior 20 & under) Annual Bag Tag – $35
  • Daily Wristband – $3
  • Children age 6 and under are free.

The Annual Bag Tag is available for purchase at the Hudson Mills Activity Center. Annual Bag Tags are also valid for the disc golf courses at Kensington, Willow, and Stony Creek Metroparks. Please contact the Hudson Mills park office if you should have any questions at (734) 426-8211.

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Education Opportunities

The Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive program is based out of the Activity Center. A variety of nature and history programs which highlight the Hudson Mills area are held throughout the year.

For more information on the educational opportunities at the Activity Center, please click here.

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Fishing and Ice Fishing

Cast your line in the crisp, morning waters of the Huron River at Hudson Mills Metropark. A serene, natural setting and ample wildlife complete your experience. Common catches include smallmouth and largemouth bass. The area is well-known for fly-fishing, and there are good spots for shoreline fishing as well.

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Geocaching

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.

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Golf

This 6,560-yard, par-71 course is known for its quick greens and wooded back-to-back par-5s on the back nine. Entrance is on Dexter-Pinckney Road, 2.5 miles south of North Territorial Road. Enjoy the abundant wildlife as you play this scenic course. Senior rates are available for guests age 55 and older. Junior rates are available for guests age 20 and younger. Hudson Mills Metropark golf course is one of ten Huron-Clinton Metropark courses in southeast Michigan

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Hiking

This Acorn Nature Trail leads hikers along bushy areas near the Huron River and through densely wooded areas laden with flowering dogwood trees in the spring. Hikers may enjoy a self-guided walk along the trail year round. Many of the trees, flowers and natural features are labeled. Pets, bicycles, and running on the trail are prohibited. The trail is 2 miles long.

Service Drives: These trails traverse a variety of habitats such as field and forest. Pets, bicycles, and runners are welcome on these trails.

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Picnicking

Stake out a shady spot and enjoy lunch at Hudson Mills Metropark. Three picnic shelter areas, grills and comfort stations are available for your next family reunion or corporate event. Groups of 50 or more who don’t wish to reserve a shelter should register their group at the park office, in advance, to determine the availability of areas on the desired date. Contact the Hudson Mills Metropark office at (734) 426-8211.

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Play Areas

The very popular playscape, located near the Activity Center, features a climbing wall, slide, swings, along with various climbing structures. It is near various picnic tables and a walkway so parents can enjoy watching the kids have fun on all of the different features the playscape has to offer!

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Cross-Country Skiing

Fasten your skis and enjoy a cross-country ski excursion on six miles of groomed trails at Hudson Mills Metropark. Glide past picturesque snow-glazed fields, ice-covered ponds, and beautiful deciduous forests. Take a refreshing drink from your water bottle on one of two rustic bridges overlooking the Huron River. The course has varied terrain and accommodates all skill levels. The Ski Touring /Activity Center, features a heated lounge, food service, and public restrooms. Groups of 10 or more can make arrangements to ski during the week by calling (734) 426-8211. Dogs are NOT allowed on ski trails.

Fees

  • Full equipment package
    • Adult: $15
    • Youth (under 16): $9
  • Skis only – $6
  • Boots only – $6
  • Poles only – $4
  • Group rates (M-F only) – $8/ person – must have a reservation

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