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Come Howl at the Moon this October at Stony Creek Metropark

Participate in this twilight trail adventure and enjoy a one mile owl prowl hike, 5K fun run or mountain bike (MTB) ride all while supporting the new Shelden Trail Development project. Be sure to stick around after and enjoy refreshments, live music, a bonfire and more!

$20 per participant – All proceeds will support the Shelden Trails Project

Camping is available from Oct 27 to Oct 28 at the Stony Creek Metropark Ridgewood Campground for $25. Larger campsites are available for $50. Learn More

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Event Schedule

Meet at the Stony Creek Metropark West Branch Area, parking is available near by.

  • 6 p.m. – Registration (walk-up) and check-in
  • 6:45 p.m. – Mountain Bike Ride (MTB) / 5K & 10K Run
  • 7:00 p.m. – 5K Fun Run
  • 7:10 p.m. – One Mile Owl Prowl Hike
  • 8 p.m to 9:45 p.m. – Afterglow party, s’mores and bonfire, DJ, snacks and refreshments
  • 9 p.m. – Raffle drawing
  • 10 p.m. – All participants must exit park
Volunteering Opportunities

Volunteers are needed to help with event set-up and throughout the event. Opportunities include: registration and check-in, afterglow party activities and clean-up.

Dates/Times: Saturday, October 27th from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. for event set-up and 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. for event help, tear-down.

Sponsorship Opportunities

The Huron-Clinton Metroparks plan to extend and develop the Shelden Trails System to create a premier multi-use, natural surface trail system in southeast Michigan. The new trail design will create a defined single-track loop, improve user safety and increase navigability through improved signs, address sustainability issues and protect the biodiversity of the landscape, and create an exceptional year-round amenity attractive for regional events.

All proceeds from Howlin’ at the Moon will support the Shelden Trails Development project.


How do I register?

CLICK HERE for online registration ($20 per participant). Walk-up registration is available for the event on Saturday, October 27th. Please register at the Stony Creek Metropark West Branch Area between 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. Walk-up registration is $30 per participant.

Are there any age limits?

Nope! All are welcome to participate in Howlin’ at the Moon. It is a family friendly event.

If I register and cannot make the event, can I get a refund?

We are sorry but there are no refunds for Howlin’ at the Moon registration. Please know, all proceeds from the event will go towards the development of the Shelden Trail System. Thank you for your support!

Do I need a Metroparks vehicle pass?

Yes! To enter Stony Creek Metropark, all vehicles need a Metroparks vehicle permit. Annual permits are $35 and are good for all 13 Huron-Clinton Metroparks. Daily passes are available for $10.

It’s going to be dark! How can we see where we are going?

All participants must have their own 200+ lumen light (headlamp, flashlight). The hike and 5K courses will be lit with lanterns and glow products, as well as with key turns and segments of the mountain bike course.

Are baby strollers allowed on the course?

All routes are on natural surface trails and are not ideal for stollers, that said, if you’re up for it– strollers are welcome on the 5K fun run/walk route and one mile Owl Prowl Hike.

Are dogs allowed?

Sorry, please leave Fido at home. Although dogs are allowed otherwise on the Shelden Trails, we ask that no dogs participate at the event for the safety and comfort of other participants.

Are headphones permitted during the race?

Although not prohibited, participants are not encouraged to wear headphones for the safety of themselves and others.

Where is check-in and registration?

Registration will be held at the Stony Creek Metropark West Branch Area.

Where is parking?

Parking is available at the Stony Creek Metropark West Branch Area.

Is there a gear check?

No, please leave all valuables and items in your car.

Where is the start and finish?

The Stony Creek Metropark West Branch Area.

What’s going to be available to eat? Drink?

Water, snacks (such as trail mix), and s’mores will be offered for free to participants.

Other good stuff to know:

All proceeds will benefit the Shelden Trails Development Project. The Huron-Clinton Metroparks would like to extend and develop the Shelden Trail system to create a premier natural surface, multi-use trail system in southeast Michigan. Thank you for your support!


Katie Kowalski
(810) 494-6020 (office)
(248) 303-4305 (mobile)

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