|5200 Indian Trail, White Lake, MI 48386|
|Park Hours: 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.|
|Park Office Hours: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.|
|Park Fees: $10 Daily or Annual Vehicle Pass DETAILS|
Towering trees and native ecosystems offer visitors a window into the past right here at Indian Springs Metropark. Come learn the natural history of our region at the Environmental Discovery Center or enjoy mile after mile of trails through prairies, woodlands, wetlands and meadows. The quiet natural setting of this land is also home to 18 holes of regulation golf, a paved hike-bike trail, volleyball courts, a splash pad and playgrounds. In the winter cross-country skiing, sledding and much more.
Your Huron-Clinton Metroparks are committed to removing barriers, creating and improving access and increasing recreational opportunities for all. As we look to the future, we will develop, update and improve facilities to meet or exceed ADA requirements – and look for ways to remove barriers to access so that individuals of all abilities have equitable access to Metroparks facilities, programs, services and activities. Click here to learn more about accessibility and how to request an accommodation at your Metroparks.
Environmental Discovery Center
Click here to view accessibility at the Environmental Discovery Center.
An accessible golf cart is available, when playing a round, at the Indian Springs Metropark golf course. Reservations can be made by calling the course, 248-625-7870, a minimum of 24 hours in advance.
The paved 8-mile trail has one long hill, with the rest of the trail being relatively flat. Vault latrines are located along the path near the halfway point on the trail. The trailhead is located at the North Meadowlark parking lot. Dogs are allowed on the trails, but must be on a 6-foot leash at all times.
Aggregate and natural surface nature trails are located near the Environmental Discovery Center (EDC) and Park Office. The trails near the EDC are hilly with some slopes. The trails near the Park Office are flatter with several boardwalk sections. Pets, bicycles, and running on the trail are prohibited.
New accessible picnic tables and grills have been added to shelters within Indian Spring Metropark, along with accessible walkways to the shelters. The shade picnic areas near the Spray ‘n’ Play have accessible walkways as well.
The Adventure Playground, located near the Splash ‘n’ Play spray pad, has paved walkways that provide access to a large playground. The playground area for kids ages 2-5 has spinners, spring rockers, a labyrinth, hillside slide and other climbing features. The playground area for kids ages 5-12 has a large cabled net climber and a rock climbing wall. All playground equipment is on engineered wood fiber (wood mulch) safety surfacing. Located nearby is a maze built with chain link fencing with wide aggregate pathways. An elevated overlook, accessed by stairs, is a fun area to watch the kids make their way through the maze.
The Meadowlark Playground, located near the Meadowlark picnic shelter, has paved walkways down tot he wooden playground structure. Play areas for kids ages 2-5 and 5-12 are available with ramped access. Both tot and belt swings are available. Equipment is on engineered wood fiber (wood mulch) safety surfacing.
Spray ‘n’ Play
Paved walkways provide access to the splash pad area. This has a variety of ground sprays, above ground spray features and spinners, all on a a poured-in-place rubber surfacing. Shaded picnic areas, available for rent, are located near the Spray ‘n’ Play.
Get rolling on our eight miles of paved Hike-Bike Trail to enjoy the beauty of the park’s diverse habitats. It is a 3-mile ride out with a 2-mile loop and a 3-mile ride back. The trailhead is located at the Meadowlark Picnic Area.
Pets on a six-foot leash are permitted. Motor vehicles and horses are prohibited.
Celebrate a fresh snowfall by cross-country skiing at Indian Springs Metropark. Glide across nearly 12 miles of trails on varied terrain, passing through scenic wooded areas and frozen wetlands, or try the open expanses on the golf course.
The trails are groomed for classic / traditional Nordic skiing and accommodate beginner and intermediate skiers. Rentals are not available at this park.
Environmental Discovery Center
Explore the diversity of Southeast Michigan’s native habitats at Indian Springs Metropark’s Environmental Discovery Center (EDC). This center is a gateway into the complexity and beauty of prairies, wetlands and woods. The EDC features 60 acres of restored native prairie ecosystems. The award-winning building also contains classrooms, a biology lab and a 200-person event room used for a variety of public or private events. The interactive exhibits feature the diversity of the park’s ecosystems, including an underwater pond viewing room.
Click here to learn more about the Environmental Discovery Center.
Enjoy the 2.5-mile equestrian trail loop within Indian Springs Metropark. The trail loop is connects to more than 17 miles of equestrian trails at Pontiac Lake Recreation Area.
Staging is not available at Indian Springs Metropark but is available at the staging area located at the end of Maceday Road within Pontiac Lake Recreation area. There is another staging area located on Teggerdine Road between White Lake and Pontiac Lake Roads.
Our 6,688-yard, par-71 course features rolling fairways and undulating greens and is regarded as one of the most beautiful and challenging courses in the area. Test your skills on the notorious par-5 13th hole that plays 602 yards from the tips.
Food and beverages are available. Senior rates are available for guests age 55 and older. Junior rates are available for guests age 20 and younger. Tee times can be made up to 10 days in advance. An accessible golf cart is available for use at each golf course, please call 24 hours in advance to reserve. Indian Springs Metropark golf course is one of eight Huron-Clinton Metropark courses in Southeast Michigan.
Enjoy a stroll on our eight miles of paved Hike-Bike Trail while taking in the beauty of the park’s diverse habitats. It is a 3-mile walk out with a 2-mile loop and a 3-mile walk back. The trailhead is located at the Meadowlark Picnic Area. Pets on a six-foot leash are permitted.
Explore our self-guided nature trails:
In addition to the nature trails described below, there are a few more paths that lead to the Lower Pond boardwalk, a lovely place to view wetlands, and the Native Plant Garden, where a great deal of biodiversity in prairie plants is visible. These trails have elevation changes and are in the full sun.
POND PROMENADE – 1.4 MILES
The trail is a short trail beginning at the Environmental Discovery Center, with a mix of shade and sun on this compact gravel and grass trail a well as steep elevation changes.
TURKEYFOOT TRAIL – .5 MILE or LUPINE LOOP – .75 MILE
Explore a 60 acre prairie restoration along these two trails. Native grasses and wildflowers are at their best in late summer and early fall. Head to the Outwash Overlook for a panoramic view from the highest point in the park. This compact gravel trail has elevation changes and is in full sun.
PONDSIDE TRAIL – .25 MILE
This paved trail beginning at the Park Office provides a flat, accessible walk around a wooded pond area. Look for wetland birds and turtles as you walk through the dappled shade.
WOODLAND TRAIL – 3.25 MILES
Traverse the Woodland Trail to experience the Great Huron Swamp, with its tall trees and vernal pools. This area is known for spring ephemeral wildflowers, beautiful red, orange and yellow leaves in the fall and peaceful snowy walks in the winter. These compact gravel trails are relatively flat. Boardwalks are in place to cross the river and wetlands. There is plentiful shade when the trees have leaves. Crosscut Shortcut (3/4 mile), Hunter’s Ridge Shortcut (1.25 mile), and Sawmill Shortcut (2 miles) are options for a shorter walk than completing the entire Woodland Trail.
FARMLAND TRAIL – 1.5 MILES
This trail leads visitors through a mix of old farm fields and wooded areas. Farm equipment used long ago is visible along the trail. There is a mix of shade and sun.
Know before you go: The trails are open during posted park hours. 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.
Spray ‘n’ Play
Young children will enjoy the splash pad located within Indian Springs Metropark’s Spray ‘n’ Play. Get soaked by ground sprays, water cannons, and a dumping bucket. The spray park is located adjacent to other play features including a rock-climbing wall, cargo net, a fenced maze, a painted labyrinth, spinning buckets, and a hillside slide.
Rentable shade shelters area available at the Spray ‘n’ Play. Click here to reserve a shade shelter.
Hour of Operation:
- Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day
- 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. (daily)
Bring your sled or saucer to slide down the sledding hill in the Meadowlark Picnic Area. It’s a great hill for younger kids.
Indian Springs Metropark provides the perfect setting for your next picnic. Picnic with friends or family amidst rolling hills, tree-lined lawns and beautiful views of the Environmental Discovery Center or nature.
Reunions, graduations, anniversaries, birthdays and any other way your family gets together – make your event more eventful with the Metroparks! We have picnic shelters available at Indian Springs Metropark for all your event and gathering needs. They come in a wide range of sizes and locations within the park. Some are conveniently located near park amenities to add even more fun to your event – while others are more secluded for a more intimate event.
Our locations allow you to bring your own food or catering, add bounce houses, music and so much more.
Save some money – we’re offering weekday rentals at half price. Prices are already reflected online in our online booking tool.
- All groups, regardless of size, are encouraged to pre-register to use a picnic shelter. Groups of 50 or more, those bringing in special equipment or hosting a special event are required to make reservations in advance.
- Any vehicle driving off-road must obtain an off-road permit from the Metropark Office on the day of the picnic.
- Park entry fees are not included in the shelter reservation fee.
There are two playgrounds located within the park. The Spray ‘N’ Play area at the North Meadowlark picnic area contains a splash pad, adventure maze, rock-climbing wall, cargo net, painted labyrinth, bucket spinners, and a hillside slide. The South Meadowlark picnic area has a large wooden play structure and swings.