Highland Recreation Area offers 5,900 acres of forest, marshes and lakes in the rolling hills of Southern Michigan. With trails to accommodate equestrian riders, mountain bikers, hikers and skiers, there's an activity for every season in this park.
We did A+B and did not take the B cutoff. Was plenty of hills, a little bit of rocks and rough trerrain. Finished the 10+ mile in just over 4 hours. It was clean, debris free, trimmed, and very nice. Had about 10 bikers come through while I was on trail and just needed to step aside. Will definitely hit this again with more people to abuse them.
I just cross-country ski'd a portion of the new Cedar Creek Trail with my young son, starting at the Park entrance near the Haven Hill Gate House. Wonderful!
I've noticed that some folks seem to confuse the trails that are located west of Duck Lake Road off of Livingston Road (focused mainly to Mountain Biking but open to other activities) with the trails that are in the Haven Hill section of the park which is accessed from Highland Road (M-59) west of Duck Lake Road. Both are fantastic but very different, unique, and separate areas of the Park. The Haven Hill section entered from M-59 features the National Natural Landmark area and the historic Edsel and Eleanor Ford estate grounds and Teeple and Haven Hill Lakes. The historic structure sites there are dotted with excellent informational signs that were produced by the Motorcities organization of the National Parks, the MDNR, Oakland County, and the Friends of Highland Recreation Area. Cedar Creek Trail: During its' construction some people mistakenly thought that a new road was being built to replace Haven Hill Road. The new trail follows Haven Hill Road, and the initial forest clearing for the trails' foundation was very wide. The new trail is mostly complete, and is a very enjoyable multi-use path that extends from M-59 (Highland Road) 2.8 miles back to Teeple Lake.
Most all who visit will agree that the Highland State Recreation Area trail system is very enjoyable, has multiple sections for different skill levels and a variety of activities, has sections quiet and serene and others public and for all walks of life. This park is not designed or styled like a Metropark. It is rural and rustic and historic. Enjoy!
Just hiked Highland yesterday and it was great training for a newbie. Part of my planned trail was closed so I was forced to walk about a 1/2 mile down a road to get back to my car. Many low-lying still-water spots so thank goodness for bug spray. Saw a lot of wildlife and enjoyed a nice long quiet hike. Excited to go back.