Brighton Recreation Area provides a combination of high, irregular ranges of hills, interspersed with a number of attractive lakes. The area has several miles of trails available for equestrian riding, mountain biking, and hiking. Also the home of the Brighton Recreation Area Riding Stable.

Great trail, very quiet and great for a family hike.

Great trail with young and old tree growth.

Nice hike.

Great trail, well groomed!

very pretty. moderate hills are a challenge.

2 months ago

One of our favorite hikes 5 miles in 90 minutes. Take that step counters! :)

trail running
8 months ago

Great trail to run with no bikes. Ran the hiking trail around noon on a Friday. Only saw 4 people. Colors were pretty good. Really scenic.

I did Kahchin immediately after completing Penosha - the woods were so pretty today. Shout out to Greg Tasker and his 5-star trails of Ann Arbor & Detroit ( for convincing me to come to BSRA for fall color. The trails were very busy today, saw 30 or so others on the trails. Trails were in great shape.

8 months ago

Shout out to Greg Tasker and his 5-star trails of Ann Arbor & Detroit ( for convincing me to come to BSRA for fall color - Penosha was beautiful today. Even the boring back section on the road was pretty. The woods were so nice, I had to turn around and do the Kahchin right after the Penosha. The trails were very busy today, saw 30 or so others on the trails.
As always, the trails were in great shape, nice amount of up and down. Very pleasant afternoon.

9 months ago

Trails in great shape and well marked. Fairly flat easy hike. We'll do it again

10 months ago

A nice change of pace from other trails around but not much to see. Scenery is mostly the same throughout, but it's a decent 5 mile loop if you are from the area. I wouldn't drive from out of the area to check this one off your list.

Well marked trails. The day we went it was very humid and hence very buggy. Our morning was cut short because some where we missed a turn that would have given us the full 12 miles

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

First with ace & cleave our path into the forest

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Use this trail to get in shape

Friday, May 19, 2017

Nice trail(s) - I did both the Kahchin and Penosha, to get about 6.5 miles. The far part of Penosha, on the road, isn't particularly thrilling, but the rest is a nice walk in the woods. Nice little hills, the trail was in generally excellent condition, shout out to the maintenance crew. I did see one hunter walking through the woods with his gun (this was in late September '16), but didn't hear any shots :-)

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Great trail, plenty of challenge for us old guys. In spite of torrential down pours the last two weeks the trail was dry.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

The trail is nice and mostly flat, hills are not that big or steep. The walk was nice and scenery will be even better come spring.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Nice walk in a Michigan woods. The back part of Penosha, along Teahen road, is unfortunate, but that is just a short bit of the trail. If you just want the scenery, and some nice hills, do the 2-mile Kahchin; if you want more of the same (pretty) woods, but more miles and a few more hills, do Penosha. Neither trail, nor the combined set, is hard; these are at most moderate (I'm 58, in decent shape). Minimal wildlife observed. The trail is quite well maintained, is sandy in some stretches, packed dirt elsewhere, some erosion, rocks, or roots lots of places - a nice woods trail.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

do this one quite often, my dog loves the up down-up down slopes, as do i.
I'd make sure you've got pretty good shoes on, this trail isn't for half way go'ers!

Good hike if you're looking for a couple of hours and some decently challenging terrain. Decent variation of scenery.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Great! Would have loved to do the longer trail.

Great trail

Awesome. I love the smell of blossom in the forest, and chipmunks all over the place. Went for a quick hike alone just did 2 miles to see how it's, next time will do a longer hike.

Monday, May 09, 2016

Lots to explore here. Great for families or solo hiking. Geocaches are abundant as well. Plenty of inclines. Short or longer hikes available. Cool off in Bishop Lake when you're done!

Nice trail

Monday, April 18, 2016

Nice. This was our first hike and we didn't realize it was moderate. I guess we are proud we made it.

Saturday, April 09, 2016

Beautiful trail. More groomed than rustic, but hilly and scenic.

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Hiked Murray Lake Trail started at the entrance to the Murray Lake campground turning in to the right. Hiked with a friend after camping at the Appleton campground, which was a bit too close quarters for my liking - Murry Lake rustic campground seems terrific but will have to catch it next season, it was closed for the winter. Hiked 8 miile loop near Murray Lake, tho am not certain the name of the loop. Was excited to see a Blue Racer snake but not excited to hear gunshots and then see hunters - we were not aware hunting season had started nor were we dressed in orange! The trail, which seemed to be intended more for biking, was well marked, offered some elevation changes and a couple of views. There were some other loops signposted.

trail running
Monday, October 05, 2015

Torn shirt is fun it's a little over 5.5 miles, then cross the road to add 3-9 miles more!

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Any part of the Brighton State Rec Area trail system is wonderful. Just did the Penosha Trail (5 miles) today. Some good steep hills, in parts made this moderate trail a great workout. Since I live here, I intend to do all trail segments eventually.

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