Huron Clinton Metroparks

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We are also surrounded by 5 of the 13 parks that make up the Huron Clinton Metroparks park district.  The 13 parks cover almost 25,000 acres in total.  They are located along the Huron and Clinton rivers – in Livingston and Washtenaw counties they are along the Huron River and it’s watershed.  The parks are generally more than 1,000 acres each, with Stoney Creek (in Macomb county) and Kensington (just inside of Oakland county) being more than 4,400 acres.

The parks not only provide a natural retreat from urban and suburban life, but they also provide an incredible variety of outdoor activities, including: picnicking, fishing, swimming, boating, hiking, nature study, biking, golf, disc golf, winter sports and a host of special outdoor programs and events.

They are recognized most for their extensive paved hike/bike/rollerblade trails and golf courses.  There are more than 55 miles of paved trails that course through the Metroparks and some of these trails connect with many more miles of trails outside the Metroparks – for example, Kensington’s trail connects to the State of Michigan’s park, Island Lake Recreation Area.  The system operates 8 regulation golf courses and 2 par-3 courses.

The HCMA operates 9 other, full-service, interpretive centers – nature, farm and historical – that provide a variety of programs for over a million people annually – school districts make these centers regular field trip locations.  Having chaperoned many of these trips, I can personally tell you each center is unique and fascinating.

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