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HOW FAR CAN YOU GO?

Hike, bike, run, or roll your way to meet your trail goal.
Log your completed challenge trails on the leaderboard and earn incentives along the way.

HOW IT WORKS

The Metroparks Trail Challenge allows you to enjoy the parks and meet your trail goals. This is a fun way to explore the Metroparks trails and stay active outdoors on your own time and at your own pace.

The Trail Challenge will run from May 1 to October 31. Register by October 24, to visit all 13 Metroparks to hit the designated Challenge Trails to upload your selfies on the online leaderboard to earn incentives

NEW this year – we have upgraded our leaderboard experience so that you will submit your Challenge Trail forms while you are standing in front of Challenge Trail kiosks and the leaderboard will update immediately to show your progress!

Now for the best part … the incentives!

With your paid registration you will receive a custom blanket and passport with information on the Metroparks and challenge trails.

But you can earn more! Each Challenge Trail you visit earns you a special badge on the online leaderboard. Earn 3 badges and you will receive a custom Metroparks tote bag. Earn all 13 badges you will receive a 2025 Metroparks Annual Vehicle Pass so you can keep exploring the trails for another year. Additional earned incentives are mailed out in November.

REGISTRATION

The cost to participate is $25 per person. Register from now through September 23 to receive your custom Trail Challenge water bottle and a passport book with information on all 13 Metroparks.

LEADERBOARD

Keep track of your Challenge Trail badges and see how you compare with others participating in the Metroparks Trail Challenge. The leaderboard will be updated immediately after submitting your challenge trail forms to display Challenge Trail badges earned for additional incentives.

 

Display Name Challenge Trail Completed
888889
Delhi MetroparkDelhi Metropark
AndrewSmith
Kensington MetroparkKensington Metropark
AndrewSmith
Lake Erie MetroparkLake Erie Metropark
Brad
Delhi MetroparkDelhi Metropark
Brad
Hudson Mills MetroparkHudson Mills Metropark
Brad
Oakwoods MetroparkOakwoods Metropark
Brad
Indian Springs MetroparkIndian Springs Metropark
Danielle2
Delhi MetroparkDelhi Metropark
DanielleMauter
Kensington MetroparkKensington Metropark
DanielleMauter
Hudson Mills MetroparkHudson Mills Metropark
Delaney
Delhi MetroparkDelhi Metropark
Delaney
Dexter-Huron MetroparkDexter-Huron Metropark
Delaney
Huron Meadows MetroparkHuron Meadows Metropark
Delaney
Kensington MetroparkKensington Metropark
Delaney
Oakwoods MetroparkOakwoods Metropark
Delaney
Wolcott Mill MetroparkWolcott Mill Metropark
Delaney
Indian Springs MetroparkIndian Springs Metropark
Kelly
Delhi MetroparkDelhi Metropark
Kelly
Stony Creek Metropark - Shelden TrailsStony Creek Metropark Shelden Trails
Kim
Delhi MetroparkDelhi Metropark
Kim
Lake Erie MetroparkLake Erie Metropark
Kim
Huron Meadows MetroparkHuron Meadows Metropark
quinntapp
Delhi MetroparkDelhi Metropark
Testing2
Hudson Mills MetroparkHudson Mills Metropark
Testing2
Delhi MetroparkDelhi Metropark

HOW FAR CAN YOU GO?

Hike, bike, run, roll or paddle your way to meet your trail goal.
Log your miles on the leaderboard and earn incentives along the way.

FAQ

How long does the Trail Challenge last?

The Trail Challenge will run from May 1 to October 31, but registration will close on October 24 to give participants time to complete Challenge Trails before the program ends on October 31. Any Challenge Trails logged and selfies uploaded after October 31 will not be counted towards the challenge or the prize incentives.

What is the cost to participate & what do I get?

The cost to participate is $25 per person and you will receive a custom Trail Challenge blanket and a passport book with information on all 13 Metroparks. You receive your blanket and passport by visiting a Metroparks Office, during regular business hours, and showing your registration receipt on your phone or in hard copy.

Then you can earn additional incentives by completing challenge trails. When you complete 3 challenge trails you will receive a custom Metroparks tote bag and if you complete challenge trails in all 13 parks you will receive a 2025 Metroparks Annual Vehicle Pass so you can keep exploring the trails for another year.

If you earn any additional Challenge Trail prizes, these will be mailed to you beginning November 1. They will be mailed to the address you registered with originally.

Ok I'm registered, how do I get my blanket and get started?

First, you need to set your leaderboard name. Check you email for your registration confirmation and instructions on how to set this before hitting the trails.

You receive your blanket and passport by visiting a Metroparks Office, during regular business hours, and showing your registration receipt on your phone or in hard copy. Then go out and hit that park’s challenge trail and you are on your way to great prizes. You can find the park office nearest to you by visiting our website. All our park office hours are listed in the information for each of our parks.

How do I log my Challenge Trails to the Leaderboard?

After you register to participate, you will receive a follow up email with instructions on how to set your leaderboard name.

Each time you visit a Challenge Trail sign kiosk, you will be asked to scan a QR code at that kiosk and submit a leaderboard form while you’re standing at the kiosk. You will use the same display name each time you log Challenge Trails, and the leaderboard will automatically update. You MUST complete this Challenge Trail submission form while at the Challenge Trail kiosk.

How do I earn incentives?

Registered participants can earn additional incentives by visiting Challenge Trails and uploading selfies with the Trail Challenge kiosk in it. Challenge Trail selfies are uploaded through the online leaderboard submission form. It is accessed by scanning a QR code at each Challenge Trail sign kiosk.  When the leaderboard updates the participant will have a badge on the leaderboard for each challenge trails selfie that is uploaded.

For three (3) Challenge Trails badges earned you will receive a custom Metroparks tote bag and if you earn all 13 badges you will receive a 2025 Metroparks Annual Vehicle Pass so you can keep exploring the trails for another year.

There are two Challenge Trail options at Stony Creek Metropark. So, there are 14 options of trails, but participants must complete a challenge trail in every park (13 parks) to earn the 2025 Annual Pass.

Challenge Trail incentives are mailed out in November for those that earned them.

Where can I find the Metroparks trails?

You can look at all park maps by clicking here. Or you can stop by the park office for a hard copy map. You can use ANY Metroparks trail to log miles.

You can find challenge trails identified in your trail challenge passport book and on the event webpage. Staff within the park office can also help direct you.

Why do I have to enter my phone number each time I log Challenge Trails?

We use your phone number to make sure your leaderboard name is unique and that we are adding Challenge Trail badges to the correct registered participant on the leaderboard. This ensure you earn the correct incentives and prizes.

Do I need a GPS watch/tracker or Strava? Will I need to show my watch or device for proof of being at a trail?

You can use one if you wish, but you don’t need one, and you can’t link it directly to our leaderboard at this time. However, you will be required to use a smart phone to take a selfie with the Challenge Trail signs, scan a QR code and submit those selfies while out on the trail in order to earn badges and incentives.

What if I don't want to take a selfie?

You are certainly not required to. However, submitting a selfie to verify you were at a challenge trail is the ONLY way to earn the incentives and prizes for completing 3 and 13 challenges. If you choose not to take this step, you will not be eligible to receive those prizes.

What ages can participate?

Ages 6 and up are welcome to register and participate. There are trails for everyone to enjoy.

Where do you find each park’s Challenge Trail?

Delhi Metropark
Along the B2B Trail, look for the kiosk near the Huron River towards the south end of the park.


Dexter-Huron Metropark
Along the rustic hiking trail, look for the kiosk between the parking lots.


Hudson Mills Metropark
Along the Hike-Bike Trail, look for the kiosk towards the very back of the park with a view of the river and the disc golf course – west of the River View Restroom.


Huron Meadows Metropark
Along the Hidden Lake Bend Rustic Trail, look for the kiosk near Cedar Ridge Picnic Shelter.


Indian Springs Metropark
Along the Farmland Nature Trail that begins at the east end of the Park Office parking lot near Picnic Shelter F, look for the kiosk near a fork in the trail.

*Note, dogs and bikes are not allowed on nature trails.


Kensington Metropark
Along the paved Hike-Bike Trail, look for the kiosk between the East Boat Launch and the Island Lake Trail Connector.


Lake Erie Metropark
Along the Trapper’s Run Nature Trail loop, look for the kiosk around the viewing area farthest back on the trail.

*Note, dogs and bikes are not allowed on nature trails.


Lake St. Clair Metropark
Along the Nature Trails, look for the kiosk on the Main Trail where Daysail parking area begins.


Lower Huron Metropark
Along the paved Hike-Bike Trail, look for the kiosk visible from the road near the Bob White Nature Trail parking lot.


Oakwoods Metropark
Along the Butterfly Viewing Nature Trail, look for the kiosk east of the trailhead.

*Note, dogs and bikes are not allowed on nature trails.


Stony Creek Metropark

Along the East Lake Nature Trail, look for the kiosk near intersection 14 OR along the Shelden Trails, look for the kiosk near the intersection of the Roller Coaster and Double track trails.

*Note, dogs and bikes are not allowed on nature trails.

**You only have to complete one Challenge Trail at this park to count towards completing Challenge Trails in all 13 parks.


Willow Metropark
Along the paved Hike-Bike Trail, look for the kiosk near the Willow Pool area parking lot.


Wolcott Mill Metropark
Along the North Branch Trails, look for the kiosk near the first bridge.


NOTE: Pets, bicycles and running are not permitted on the nature trails.

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