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Macomb County Parks

Macomb County is home to more than 130 parks covering 12,000 acres. The county has access to numerous inland lakes and Lake St. Clair with 31 miles of shoreline,over 100 marinas, and 40 golf courses. For more information visit www.macombcountymi.gov/parks. Major parks include:

Freedom Hill – (586) 979-7010. Sterling Heights, 100 acres. Hosts numerous

events including festivals, outdoor markets and concerts at the amphitheater. There is a playscape, bike path, nature trail and pavilions.

Macomb Orchard Trail – (586) 979-7010. Shelby Township at 24 Mile Road and Dequindre northeast to Richmond. This 24 mile linear hiking and biking path will eventually link 180 miles of trails in Southeast Michigan.

Wayne County Parks

An integral part of the term “rest and relaxation” since 1919, the Wayne County Parks Division has been caring for and constantly improving these priceless investments. There are more than 7,500 acres devoted to recreation (including two golf courses) and 391 miles of streams and rivers. For more information call (313) 224-7600.

Bell Creek Recreation Area – Redford Township, corner of 5 Mile Road and Inkster Road, (734) 261-1990. These scenic 62 acres along the banks of the Rouge River include soccer fields, ball diamonds and tennis courts. Also shows movies and hosts concerts.

Chandler Park Family Aquatic Center – 12600 Chandler Park Drive, Detroit, (313) 822-7665. Splish Splash Land includes a wave pool, two giant water slides and a concession area. We dare you to stay dry!

Crosswinds Marsh Wetlands Preserve – 27600 Haggerty Road, Sumpter, between Will Carleton and Willow Roads. (734) 654-1220. This is an interpretive park, education and fun all in one! Open year round there are trails for horseback riding, cross-country skiing or walking. A 40-foot observation tower and campgrounds are also on the property.

Elizabeth Park – East of I-75 off W. Jefferson and Van Horn Road, Trenton. The first county park in Michigan! This park offers 162 acres of fun including softball, biking, in-line skating and ice skating venues. There is a Victorian shelter and wedding gazebo perfect for parties. The park’s Detroit River shoreline (1,300 feet) allows for a 52 slip marina (open April 1 -October 31) and boat launch. Jazz concerts and kids programs are featured. “Chateau on the River” party venue located here. Hines Parkway – The parkway runs 17 miles and includes over 20 individual parks

in its path from Northville (entrance off 7 Mile Road between Sheldon and Northville Roads) to the southeast end of Dearborn Heights (entrance off Ford Road between Outer Drive and Evergreen). There is a paved pathway for biking, hiking or rollerblading and many places to picnic in the various parks along the way. (Go to www.waynecounty.com/parks for information on the individual parks accessible along the parkway, each with unique amenities.)

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Lake St. Clair – (586) 463-4581. Mount Clemens, on Lake St. Clair (see Huron Clinton Metroparks).

Stoney Creek – (586) 781-4242. Utica and Rochester (see Huron Clinton Metroparks). Wolcott Mill – (586) 752-5932 (farm). Along the banks of the Clinton River in Ray Township (see Huron-Clinton Metroparks).

Inkster Valley Golf Course – 2150 Middlebelt Road, quarter mile north of Michigan Avenue, Inkster, (734) 722-8020. This 18 hole, par 72 championship course opened in 1990 and uses 100 acres of wetlands in its natural setting. There is a clubhouse and advanced reservations are necessary.

Lola Valley Park – Beech Daly and Puritan Road, Redford Township, (734) 261-1990. Located along the banks of the Lola Valley Creek, the slopes are perfect for sledding in the winter. Summer weather allows perfect conditions for the disc golf course to be enjoyed.

Lower Rouge Parkway – Along the banks of the Rouge River, (734) 261-1990. Three different parks are featured here…Colonial Park at Inkster and Colonial Roads has baseball, soccer and picnic areas. Inkster Recreation Area in downtown Inkster has a great playscape, ball diamond and picnicking. Venoy-Dorsey Recreation Area has baseball diamonds available, call to reserve.

Warren Valley Golf Course – 26116 Warren Road, Dearborn Heights, (313) 561-1040. A Donald Ross design, built in 1922, offering 36 holes of golf on the banks of the Middle Rouge River (the water is utilized as part of the design on eleven holes). There is a bar and grill as well as a conference center. William P. Holliday Forest & Wildlife Preserve – Along the Tonquish Creek in the northeast part of the county, it encompasses 550 acres with the land left in its natural state. There are woods, wetlands and meadows to explore with over ten miles of hiking trails. (Check out www.co.wayne.mi.us/dps for more information.)

The Birmingham Bloomfield Lifestyle 2018 Community Guide  

The Birmingham Bloomfield Lifestyle is the premier community resource guide for the Birmingham Bloomfield area. Based on information content...

The Birmingham Bloomfield Lifestyle 2018 Community Guide  

The Birmingham Bloomfield Lifestyle is the premier community resource guide for the Birmingham Bloomfield area. Based on information content...