A family nature hike is a perfect way for kids to stretch their legs and get some much needed fresh air. Check out these easy Metro Detroit nature trails that are perfect for little ones to walk and explore. With nature all around, there are endless things to discover, talk about or just enjoy some exercise together. Happy trails! 

Nichols Arboretum (0.4 miles +) – Ann Arbor

1610 Washington Heights Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Location Notes: Multiple “easy” trails, Stroller friendly

Beverly Park (0.5 miles) – Beverly Hills 

18801 Beverly Rd, Beverly Hills, MI 48025

Location Notes: Storybook trail (do not touch the displays!), mulched trail

Booth Trail (1 mile out & back) – Downtown Birmingham

511 N. Old Woodward Avenue, Birmingham, MI 48009

Location Notes: Trail begins near Booth Park entrance, Mulched trail, Jogging stroller friendly, Metered parking near Booth Park/trail (Booth Park playground is currently closed due to the Coronavirus outbreak)

Heritage Park Story Trail (0.5 miles) – Canton

1150 S. Canton Center Rd., Canton, MI 48188

Location Notes: Stroller friendly, Path begins just west of the Canton Public Library

Dequindre Cut Art Walk (1.65 miles) – Detroit

1799 Wilkins St, Detroit, MI 48207

Location Notes: Paved pathway, Fun collection of urban artwork & graffiti

Prairie Pathway and Butterfly Garden @ Rouge Park (1.7 miles) – Detroit

21860 Joy Rd, Detroit, MI 48228

Location Notes: Grassy trail, Multiple other paved trails throughout

Tatigian Park and Nature Preserve (< 1 mile) – Livonia 

34501 Curtis, Livonia, MI 48152

Location Notes: Paved nature trail, stroller + bike friendly 

Red Oaks Nature Center (1.3 miles) – Madison Heights

30300 Hales Street, Madison Heights, MI 48071

Location Notes: Paved trail 

Rosie’s Park Loop (1 mile) – Madison Heights

1111 E Farnum Avenue, Madison Heights, MI 48071

Location Notes: Paved trail 

Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve (0.9 miles) – Rochester

333 North Hill Circle, Rochester, MI 48307 

Location Notes: Small parking lot or curbside parking, Paved/gravel trail

Carpenter Lake Nature Preserve (1 mile) – Southfield

27101 W 10 Mile Rd, Southfield, MI 48033

Location Notes: Stroller friendly

Dodge Park (1.5 miles out & back) – Sterling Heights

40620 Utica Road, Sterling Heights, MI 48310

Location Notes: Paved path

Stage Nature Center (0.75 – 2 miles) – Troy

6685 Coolidge Hwy, Troy, MI 48098

Location Notes: Paved + mulched trails, No pets

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