If you’re looking to spend more time outside, head to Stony Creek Metropark in Shelby Township for swimming, trails, and fun family programming. Strap the bikes on the car, pack a picnic and head to Stony Creek Metropark for a day in the beautiful outdoors!
Hike or Bike a Trail
Stony Creek was named as one of the Best Hiking Trails in Metro Detroit and for good reason. There are over 27 miles of hiking trails and 6.1 miles of paved-hike/bike trails that circle the Stony Creek lake. Bike rentals are available daily at Eastwood Beach.
Explore the Nature Center
The Nature Center is tucked away in a beautiful area of the park and has two large woodland ponds, hiking trails, and a butterfly garden. Inside the Nature Center building you’ll find live animals such as snakes, frogs, turtles and interactive exhibits. The Nature Center also offers in-person programming for children and families , summer camps, and homeschool classes.
Upcoming, Outdoor In-Person Programming:
- Spring Wagon Rides (May 1, 15, 29)
- Science for Kids (May 15)
- Get Out & Play Pre-K (May 17 + June 21)
- Turtle Crossing (May 22)
(Entry inside the Nature Center is currently closed due to Covid but in-person programming and nature trails are open.)
Spend the Day at the Beach
Stony Creek has two separate sandy beaches located in the park. Both beaches are open beginning Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day and open from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. throughout the summer. Eastwood Beach is the most popular for families and has a food bar, inflatable waterslide, playground and paddleboard rentals.
Visit a Playground
There are many play structures scattered throughout the park but the playscape at Eastwood Beach is the most popular! The playground takes up almost one acre of the beachfront and features a massive cable spider web, slides, bridges, spinners and climbing structures.
Stony Creek Metropark //4300 Main Park Road, Shelby Township, MI 48316
- Park Hours: Daily 6 a.m. – 10 p.m. (Gates closed for entry at 9 p.m.)
- Cost: Daily Fee – $10/vehicle OR FREE for Metropark Motor Vehicle Pass holders
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About Ashley Hubbbard-Porter
Ashley Porter is a Chicago native who now calls Birmingham home. Ashley and her husband Mike and son Jake love attending local festivals, exploring Detroit’s diverse food scene, and venturing outside of Metro Detroit to enjoy the natural beauty of Michigan. With a background in Early Childhood Education, Ashley loves connecting with and supporting families in her community, which is why she is so excited to be a part of LittleGuide Detroit.