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Brauer Preserve

3200 Parker south of Scio Church [map]

Small lake, hardwood swamp and upland woods on a 226-acre farm. More than 2 miles of trails. Owned by Washtenaw County Natural Areas Preservation Program (NAPP). parks@washtenaw.org, washtenaw.org/336/nature-preserves


Delhi Metropark

3902 E. Delhi [map]
(734) 426-8211

This 53-acre park is a popular picnic destination and a handy spot to launch a canoe. Restrooms with running water. Shelters can be reserved. Metroparks entrance fees, (pay at toll booth or online): $10/day, $35/year ($24 for seniors 62 & over). Disabled veterans free park entry with a state-issued Disabled Veteran license plate. Canoe rentals: Skip's Huron River Canoe Livery (see Recreational Facilities & Organizations, below). metroparks.com


Dexter City Parks


Community Park has a playground, walking path, picnic areas, sports field, basketball court, and a gazebo. First Street Park (Horseshoe Park), at the end of Edison off Second, has 10 horseshoe pits and picnic areas. Monument Park, downtown, has a gazebo and is the site of many public events. Peace Park, on Ann Arbor at Inverness, commemorates efforts for world peace. Picnic tables and benches welcome strollers. Mill Creek Park, behind the fire station, is along Mill Creek at an ideal kayaking spot with rapids; it has picnic tables, playground equipment, grills, and is a stop on the Border-to-Border Trail (B2B). Lions Park-named in recognition of the Dexter Lions Club-has a small gazebo and benches.


Dexter-Huron Metropark

6535 Huron River [map]
(734) 426-8211

A wooded 122-acre park with 3 picnic areas and a softball diamond. Restrooms with running water. Shelters can be reserved. Metroparks entrance fees, (pay at toll booth or online): $10/day, $35/year ($24 for seniors 62 & over). Disabled veterans free park entry with a state-issued Disabled Veteran license plate. metroparks.com


Hudson Mills Metropark

8801 North Territorial [map]
(734) 426-8211

With 1,549 acres, Hudson Mills has picnic areas, an 18-hole golf course (see Recreational Facilities & Organizations, below), 6 miles of hiking and biking trails, fishing, cross-country ski rentals and trails, restrooms with running water, and two 24-hole regulation disc golf courses. Metroparks entrance fees, (pay at toll booth or online): $10/day, $35/year ($24 for seniors 62 & over). Disabled veterans free park entry with a state-issued Disabled Veteran license plate. metroparks.com


Miller-Smith Preserve

Dexter-Chelsea at Parker

29-acre nature area with rough trails. Owned by Washtenaw County Natural Areas Preservation Program (NAPP). parks@washtenaw.org, washtenaw.org/336/nature-preserves


Pinckney State Recreation Area

8555 Silver Hill, Pinckney [map]
(734) 426-4913

This 11,000-acre park north of Chelsea has many lakes for swimming, boating, canoeing, and fishing, (a "Do Not Eat" fish consumption advisory is in effect); modern and rustic campgrounds; and trails for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, and birding. Hunting in season, snowmobiles permitted on a 4-inch base in designated areas. Recreation Passport required: state residents $11/year with license plate renewal, or $16/year at park gate. (Motorcycles $6 with license plate renewal, $11/year at park gate); nonresidents $9/day, $33/year. michigan.gov/dnr


Stinchfield Woods

9401 Stinchfield Woods, Pinckney [map]
(734) 764-9316

777 acres of woods owned by U-M. A favorite among woods hikers and runners; no bike. Open dawn to dusk. Dogs must be leashed. Small parking lot at main gate. seas.umich.edu/research/field_research_sites/stinchfield_woods


West Lake Preserve


237-acre parcel with 2 miles of trails on Waterloo Road in Dexter Township. The property includes frontage on the south side of West Lake as well as a wide range of habitats from wetland, open water, shoreline, to upland forest and open fields. parks@washtenaw.org, washtenaw.org/336/nature-preserves


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