potawatomi trail in pinckney recreation area

The Brighton Howell Area boasts trails perfect for hiking, biking, snowshoeing, and more. Three State Recreation Areas and two Metroparks offer endless amounts of outdoor recreation opportunities perfect for those who love to explore the great outdoors. Before you hit the trails, get your DNR eLicense and learn more about Michigan Trails.

Island Lake Recreation Area trails Brighton, Michigan

Island Lake Recreation Area

Island Lake Yellow Trail Loop: 5.5 miles (moderate)
Island Lake Blue & Yellow Trail Loop: 13.5 miles (moderate)
Hickory Ridge Trail: 5.1 miles (easy)
Island Lake Blue Trail Loop: 9 miles (easy)
Trout Lake Loop: 2.2 miles (easy)
Green Oak Loop: 1.5 miles (easy)

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Pinckney Trail Potawatomi hiking area in Pinckney, Michigan

Pinckney Recreation Area

Crooked Lake Trail: 4.4 miles (moderate)
Potawatomi Trail: 17.6 miles (moderate)
Chain of Lakes Trail: 7.8 miles (moderate)
Gosling Lake Trail Loop: 5.9 miles (moderate)
Losee Lake Middle Loop Trail: 2.4 miles (moderate)

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Brighton Recreation Area horse, biking, and hiking Trails

Brighton Recreation Area

Penosha Trail: 4.9 miles (moderate)
Yello Kahchin Hiking Trail: 1.7 miles (easy)
Brighton Recreation Area Loop Trails: 14.8 miles (hard)
Murrary Lake Orange, Purple, and Lost Loop: 8 miles (moderate)
Murrary Lake Lost & Found Loop: 3.2 miles (moderate)

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Kensington Metropark Trails with children and adult hiking

Kensington Metropark

Kent Lake Loop: 8.5 miles (easy)
Wildwing Trail: 1.9 miles (easy)
Kensington Metropark Look Trail: 3.4 miles (easy)
Fox Trail & Chicadee Loop: 3 miles (moderate)
Milford Trail to Kent Lake Loop: 15.4 miles (moderate)

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Island Lake Recreation Area trails in Brighton, Michigan

Mike Levine Lakelands Trail State Park

The Mike Levine Lakelands Trail is a component of the Great Lake to Lakes Trail – Route #1. Stretching 33 miles, this trail is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts.

Trailhead locations:
1. Stockbridge Trailhead (M-52 and S. Center St, Stockbridge, MI 49285)
2. Gregory Trailhead (188 Main St, Gregory, MI 48137)
3. Pinckney Trailhead (499 Pearl St, Pinckney, MI 48169)
4. Pettysville Trailhead (Pettysville Road and M-36, Hamburg, MI 48139)
5. Hamburg Trailhead (10699 Hamburg Road, Hamburg, MI 48139)

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Deerfield Trail path with blue skies and sunshine

Deerfield Hills Nature Area

Deerfield Hills Nature Area Loop: 3.8 miles (easy)

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bike propped against tree on a trail at settler's park

Settlers Park

Settlers Park: 6.1 miles (moderate)

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Huron Meadows Metropark Trail ladies walking with strollers

Huron Meadows Metropark

Maltby Vista Trail: 1.7 miles (easy)
Beech Alley & Maltby Vista Loop: 5 miles (easy)
Beech Alley & Moraine fen Loop: 3.7 miles (easy)
Huron Meadows Cedar Trace: 1.9 miles (easy)

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