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HUDSON MILLS METROPARK
ACTIVITY CENTER
8801 N. Territorial Road, Dexter, MI 48130
(734) 426-8211
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
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The Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive program is based out of the Activity Center, which is located at the head of the Acorn Nature Trail.  Immerse youself in the many habitats found within the park, including the Huron river and its tributaries, vernal pools, upland forest, and the tamarack swamp. A variety of nature and history programs highlighting the Hudson Mills area, as well as holiday events are held throughout the year.

OUR CENTER

The Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center celebrates the many habitats and wildlife found within the park, including the Huron River and its tributaries, vernal pools, upland forest, and the tamarack swamp.

Our Displays

View seasonal displays highlighting animals found around Hudson Mills as well as many bird and mammal mounts on display. Relax while watching some live bluegill and rock bass that are found in the Huron River then visit with and learn about our live Eastern box turtle. Discover the history of the small hamlet of Hudson Mills then explore the park to find these historic sites.

Our Trails

The 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. This nature trail provides visitors with an opportunity to observe wildlife and plants in their various habitats. Meander the trails to find spring wildflowers, like spring beauty, carpeting the forest floor, or be in search of birds, such as the pileated woodpecker, ducking in and out of the trees. Come back in winter to enjoy the crisp, fresh air as you discover tracks in the freshly fallen snow. Traverse the two-mile aggregate trail with minimal elevation changes year-round.

Know before you go: Occasionally woodland trails may be blocked with debris such as fallen tree limbs. Nature trails are not cleared or salted in the winter and may be snow-covered, slippery or muddy. Pets, bicycles and running are not permitted on the nature trails.

Click here to view Acorn Trail Guide.

PROGRAMS & ACTIVITIES

Educational programs and activities allow you to interact with nature and learn about the world around us in fun new ways. In-school programs, fields trips to the Metroparks, homeschool programs and scout programs can all be found at your Metropark interpretive centers.

What topics do we cover? Wildlife, natural science, environment, ecology, climate, farm life, regional history. And that’s just to start. Most Metroparks programs support the Common Core Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts and Math (STREAM) and Michigan Science Standards curriculum in content, methodology and technology use.

Learn more about educational programs and activities by clicking on the buttons below.

ACCESSIBILITY

The Metroparks are committed to removing barriers, creating and improving access, and increasing recreation opportunities for all.

Sensory-Friendly Backpacks

Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center offers Sensory-Friendly Backpacks for those with sensory sensitivities. These backpacks include communication cards, noise cancelling headphones, sunglasses, a liquid timer, and additional fidget items. These can be checked out and returned to the front desk.

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Nature Trails

ACORN TRAIL – 2 MILES

This trail leads hikers along bushy areas near the Huron River and through densely wooded areas laden with flowering dogwood trees in the spring. This nature trail provides visitors with an opportunity to observe wildlife and plants in their various habitats. Meander the trails to find spring wildflowers, like spring beauty, carpeting the forest floor, or be in search of birds, such as the pileated woodpecker, ducking in and out of the trees. Come back in winter to enjoy the crisp, fresh air as you discover tracks in the freshly fallen snow. Traverse the two-mile aggregate trail with minimal elevation changes year-round.

Know before you go: Occasionally woodland trails may be blocked with debris such as fallen tree limbs. Nature trails are not cleared or salted in the winter and may be snow-covered, slippery or muddy. Pets, bicycles and running are not permitted on the nature trails.

Click here to view Acorn Trail Guide.

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