Parks and Recreation Areas

Potawatomi Trail

Along with the connecting Silver Lake and Crooked Lake trails, this 17-mile loop is hilly and picturesque for hiking and mountain biking. It’s open for cross-country skiing when there is a base of at least 6 inches of snow...

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Waterloo-Pinckney Trail

This 38-mile hiking trail passes pine plantations, open meadows, marshes, kettle bogs, forests, and 14 lakes. Good for cross-country skiing, hiking and mountain biking, it runs through the Pinckney and Waterloo recreation areas....

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Waterloo Recreation Area

16345 McClure (734) 475-8307. Campground reservations: (800) 447-2757 This sprawling 20,500-acre area is great for birding, boating, cross-country skiing, fishing, hiking, swimming, mountain biking, and camping. The Gerald E....

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Chelsea City Parks

Chelsea Dog Park, welcomes dogs, registered with the city of Chelsea, and people to its park on Letts Creek Linear Park Tr. east of McKinley. Pierce Park is a municipal park on S. Main with a small playground, picnic tables, and...

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Watkins Lake State Park & Preserve

14801 Arnold, Brooklyn (517) 467-7401 1,122-acre state park dedicated in 2015. Thirteen miles south of Chelsea and five miles west of Manchester, straddling Washtenaw and Jackson counties. Five miles of trails, signage, and...

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Cavanaugh Lake County Park

33 Cavanaugh Lake Rd. (734) 971-6337 One-acre roadside picnic area on Cavanaugh Lake Rd., four miles west of Chelsea. Play area. Fishing. Not wheelchair accessible. Open year-round dawn to dusk.

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Chelsea State Game Area

Entrance on Dexter-Chelsea Rd. (517) 522-4097 (Waterloo DNR wildlife office) 799 acres around Four Mile Lake. Shore fishing, waterfowl hunting, small boat launch.

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Park Lyndon County Park

18801 North Territorial, 1 mile east of M-52 (734) 971-6337 This 335-acre park’s 2 miles of marked hiking trails (part of the Waterloo-Pinckney Trail) go past a variety of habitats including fens, marshes, bogs, ponds,...

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Pierce Lake County Park

1175 S. Main (734) 475-5858 Golf course, boardwalk, and nature trail in the 26-acre park. See sandhill cranes, red foxes, and painted turtles. Cross-country skiing. Open year-round. piercelakegolf.com

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Pinckney State Recreation Area

8555 Silver Hill (734) 426-4913. Campground reservations: (800) 447-2757 This 11,000-acre park north of Chelsea has many lakes for swimming, boating, canoeing, and fishing; modern and rustic campgrounds; and trails for hiking,...

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Delhi Metropark

3902 E. Delhi (734) 426-8211 This 53-acre park is a popular picnic destination and a handy spot to launch a canoe. Restrooms with running water. Shelters can be reserved. Metroparks entrance fees (pay at tollbooth or online):...

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Dexter-Huron Metropark

6535 Huron River (734) 426-8211 A wooded 122-acre park with 3 picnic areas and a softball diamond. Also, a labyrinth. Restrooms with running water. Shelters can be reserved. Metroparks entrance fees (pay at tollbooth or online):...

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Hudson Mills Metropark

8801 North Territorial (734) 426-8211 With 1,549 acres, Hudson Mills has picnic areas, an 18-hole golf course (see Recreational Facilities & Organizations, below), 6 miles of hiking and biking trails, fishing, cross-country...

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Pinckney State Recreation Area

8555 Silver Hill, Pinckney (734) 426-4913 This 11,000-acre park north of Chelsea has many lakes for swimming, boating, canoeing, and fishing; modern and rustic campgrounds; and trails for hiking, mountain biking, horseback...

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Miller-Smith Preserve

Dexter-Chelsea Rd. 29-acre nature area with one mile of trail through high quality woodlands and past small wetlands. Owned by Washtenaw County Natural Areas Preservation Program (NAPP). parks@washtenaw.org,...

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Stinchfield Woods

9401 Stinchfield Woods, Pinckney (734) 764-9316 777 acres of woods owned by U-M. A favorite among naturalists, bird watchers, hikers and runners; no bikes allowed. Open dawn to dusk. All dogs must be leashed. Dogs or people off...

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Brauer Preserve

3200 S. Parker, south of Scio Church Small lake, hardwood swamp and upland woods on a 226-acre farm. More than 2 miles of trails. Owned by Washtenaw County Natural Areas Preservation Program (NAPP). parks@washtenaw.org,...

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West Lake Preserve

21520 Waterloo Rd., north of Chelsea One of NAPP’s most tranquil properties. 217 acres and over 2 miles of trails through a wide range of ecosystems, such as upland forest, wetland, open water shoreline, and open fields. No...

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Dexter City Parks

Community Park has a playground, walking path, picnic areas, sports field, basketball court, and a gazebo. First Street Park (Horseshoe Park), at the end of Edison off Second, has 10 horseshoe pits and picnic areas. Monument...

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