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A series of two loops totaling 12 miles offers scenic views of Huron River. A linear trail offers access to Kensington Metropark.

Located near the massive metropolitan area of Detroit, this southeast Michigan park is a pleasant respite from the hustles and hassles of everyday life. With 12 miles of trail along the state-designated "Country Scenic River," Huron River exudes natural beauty four seasons of the year. Hikers, mountain bikers, and cross-country skiers are welcome to explore the two park loops and the 2-mile linear trail that leads to Kingston Metropark. Users will find gentle rolling hills typically easy to travel. Nature lovers are rewarded each spring and summer by the abundance of wildflower displays and each fall when the hardwoods take their last blazing breath. With natural habitats that include several lakes, a pond, creek and major river, the park provides a necessary environment for renewal and refreshment not only to man but also to important migratory waterfowl.

When exploring the Huron River area, you may wish to begin the 5-mile loop found in the Riverbend Picnic Area. For immediate scenery walk clockwise. The wider 7-mile lake loop trail also begins in the Riverbend Picnic Area, behind the restrooms. This trail explores areas of Spring Mill Creek, Spring Mill Pond, and Huron River. It is slightly more challenging than the 5-mile loop. Pick up a park map for details, especially if you are a mountain biker. One-way routes apply to you.

Note: Hunters do use this area during the fall hunting season; wear blaze orange when hiking.

Directions: From Brighton, MI, Travel 3 miles west along Grand River Road. Turn right onto Kensington Road. An access road leads to the picnic area / trailhead.

Distance: 12 miles

Difficulty: Easy

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