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.
Athletic Fields & Court Games
No matter what your favorite game, we have the perfect location for you. A basketball court, 4 softball fields, and numerous soccer fields and volleyball courts are available for use. Shuffleboard courts are also available near the Activity Center with equipment rentals available spring through fall. Call the park office (734) 426-8211 to reserve one of the fields or courts.
Hudson Mills Metropark has two ten-foot wide, paved paths perfect for a day of biking. Skip spin class and bike the 3-mile loop trail within the park or get on the Border to Border Trail (B2B), part of the state’s Iron Belle Trail, and bike to Mill Creek Park in downtown Dexter for a 4.75 one-way trip. Continue through Dexter to make the connection to Dexter-Huron Metropark to make this trip a 7-mile one-way trip. The suggested travel route through downtown Dexter is shown on the B2B Trail Map [PDF]. The trails course 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.
Bike rental is available at the Hudson Mills Activity Center seven days a week. A drivers license is required for all rentals and bikes must stay on paved trail at all times. Bring your own helmet.
- April – May 24: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
- May 25 – Sept 2: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
- Sept 3 – Oct 1: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
- Oct 2 – Oct 31: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- $10/per hour (minimum. 1 hour)
- $5/per additional hours
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.
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 also available for paddlers traveling on the Huron River Water Trail. Please call the park office at (734) 426-8211 to reserve.
Canoeing and Kayaking
The Huron River has been designated as the 18th trail of the National Water Trail System, joining a network of nation exemplary water trails from Puget Sound to the Hudson River. The stretch of river from the Kent Lake Dam in Livingston County to the Barton Dam in Washtenaw County has also been designated as a Natural Rivers Area by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. This river protection effort protects the natural quality of select river systems throughout the state.
Camping sites near the river are available for paddlers on the Huron River Water Trail. Please call the park office at (734) 426-8211 to reserve.
Drop in your own canoe or kayak on this nationally recognized water trail at the Rapids View picnic area.
Skip’s Huron River Canoe Livery
Canoe, kayak, and tubing trips, starting at either Hudson Mills or Dexter-Huron Metropark, and finishing at Delhi Metropark, can be arranged from Skip’s Huron River Canoe Livery in Delhi Metropark. The canoe livery is open daily, the first weekend in May through Labor Day, weather and river conditions permitting. To reserve a canoe or kayak, reserve online, or contact Skip’s Canoe Livery at (734) 769-8686.
A Metroparks vehicle entry permit is required to enter any Metropark and is only $35 annually for regular admission, $24 annually for seniors or $10 daily.
More information and pricing can be found on Skip’s Website
Hudson Mills Metropark’s two, 24-hole disc golf courses are rated among the top courses in Michigan. Hudson Mills Metropark’s two, 24-hole disc golf courses are rated among the top courses in Michigan. The Original Course is slightly hilly with a mixture of open and tight wooded fairways. The Monster Course is similar but significantly longer. 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 – $60
- Senior/Junior (senior 62+, junior 20 & under) Annual Bag Tag – $40
- 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.
Outdoor, in-person programs are now open, following proper COVID-19 precautions. Visit the Metroparks calendar for a list of available programs. Virtual school programs are available for schools and teachers. Visit the Metroparks School Programs page to learn more.
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.
Bring your fishing rod, tackle box and cast your line in the crisp, morning waters of the Huron River. A serene, natural setting and ample wildlife complete your experience. Common catches include smallmouth and largemouth bass. This area is well known for fly-fishing, and there are good spots for shoreline fishing, as well. A Michigan Fishing license is required.
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.
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 eight Huron-Clinton Metropark courses in southeast Michigan.
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.
Metal detecting is permitted in many, but not all, areas of the Metroparks. A permit is required (no cost) which can be picked up at the park office. Please check with individual parks to see where detecting is prohibited.
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.
A large playscape is located near the Hudson Mills Activity Center. It features a climbing wall, swings, a slide, and lots of things to climb. Delhi Metropark also features a large playground that kids will enjoy.
**Cross-country skiing will open when weather and ground conditions permit. There are no ski rentals for this year, but trails are groomed for use with your own equipment.**
Fasten your skis and enjoy a cross-country ski excursion on six miles of groomed trails at Hudson Mills Metropark. Trails are groomed for classical skiing only. 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. Dogs are not allowed on ski trails.