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 change and are in the full sun.
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 aggregate 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 aggregate 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 aggregate 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.