Explore the most popular nature trips trails in Crosswind Marsh Preserve with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

walking
1 month ago

Beautiful view, free parking, a lot of trails, clean water.

Had a picnic and took a walk. Plenty of tables around the walk also

Okay, I know that I’m spoiled by years on the AT and hiking near the Blue Ridge, but I never thought about how exciting the marshlands of NFla are compared to marshes elsewhere. No worries about alligators or wild horses or boars here. Like most of SE Michigan, this trail is flat, so I decided to call this one a walk rather than a hike despite the small pack on my back. The trail is well-maintained, though often quite muddy, and it’s cool to be among the reefs and the trees along the edge of the lake, but this is really set up better for dog walkers, day runners who want to escape the pavement, and ecologists or naturalists looking for swans, geese, and explorations of which green things grow back first after the ice melts. I’d have given the walk a 2.5-star rating, but that choice isn’t available, and my downward vote comes primarily from the fact that half the park has a view of the landfill hill only a half-mile away.

This man-made Marsh is a little know gem. Lovely wooden bridges and walkways connect to the trails. Not challenging, but a nice changes of pace.

hiking
5 months ago

I love this place, and it’s a great little hike but the gravel section is blah.

walking
7 months ago

Part of trail is boardwalk over marsh, you'll see swans, maybe a heron or egret, among other birds. Caught a glimpse of one of the bald eagles as it disappeared over trees, flying back towards the NE part of the park. The latter part of the trail (going counterclockwise) has trees and shade.

backpacking
8 months ago

Well maintained trail, the second half is a gravel horse trail with no cover/shade. We walked the first half then doubled back via Woodpecker Loop. Saw a large carp, a red eared slider and several varieties of water fowl.

walking
10 months ago

Trail is well maintained and clearly marked. Starting west from the parking lot (counterclockwise on the loop), the first 1/2 mile or so in on boardwalks over the marsh which are fine and interesting. The next mile+ is on a gravel path/road for quite a while with little to see and then through some stands of trees - not proper woods, but might be in another 20 years. The last bit, heading north between the marsh and Haggerty, is where you'll see one of the bald eagle nests. As wide and smooth as the trails are, this might be wheelchair accessible.
Addendum: the bald eagle nest in my photo, visible from Bald Eagle Trail, was abandoned in 2010. The pair of eagles started a new nest in the park, but it is in woods off Blue Heron (I think) trail and only visible in winter, according to a park ranger.

backpacking
Sunday, April 23, 2017

just an awesome place. many different trails and the scenery is gorgeous and pristine. so many things to see and experience.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

i come here every year! i love this place!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Love it.

walking
Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Seems like a nice environment, but be aware the boardwalk over the water is potentially hazardous for small children, non-swimmers and small, unhealthy dogs or dogs with disabilities.
November 12th my husband and I, with two of our dogs, began walking the boardwalk. Just after reaching open water, my husband looked out across the marsh, at that same moment, our aging pug stepped off the opposite side. She hung for two, maybe three seconds by her collar, then slipped out of it and into the water. She stepped off because she has no vision in her right eye, the same side of the boardwalk that she stepped off of. She also has deteriorating vision in her left eye, and has never swam before, so my immediate concern was that she might drown. My husband laid down on the dock and tried reaching for her, luckily instincts kicked in and she resurfaced and began dog paddling, but she was out of reach. Because she is little, aging and has poor vision, my husband had to get in the water too rescue her.

hiking
Monday, October 17, 2016

Nice well maintained trails. Dog friendly. Went on a nice fall day. Not very crowded. Not always clear as to which way to go to complete the loop but if you check on the map then you'll be fine.

hiking
Monday, July 04, 2016

We visit here often. The trails are well marked and maintained. Dogs welcome, on-leash. The paths are wide and easy to navigate. You never know what animals you'll see along the way.

hiking
Saturday, June 25, 2016

All the trails at Crosswinds Marsh are very well maintained. I hike here at least several times a month year-round. There is a lot of wildlife here including deer, beaver, mink, coyotes and all sorts of birds including a resident nesting pair of bald eagles. The hiking is very easy. I don't think there is a hill higher than ten feet in the whole park. Parts of the trails will be muddy and/or wet to the point of impassable after heavy or persistent rains. Bring insect repellent in the Summer. Great place for birding.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Great day

hiking
Sunday, March 20, 2016

Love it here!

hiking
Sunday, October 25, 2015

I can not wait to go cross-country skiing this winter at the park!

Friday, October 23, 2015

The trail is a very easy but beautiful to walk on. There is a gravel horse trail u can walk on however I prefer the unpaved paths. The scenery is beautiful and wildlife encounters do occur. We walk out dog there at least 5 times a week.
Plenty of benches, a place u can fish. Our first day went walked the entire circumference of the marsh and logged 4 miles. The 2 mi loop on the description is wrong.

Friday, June 05, 2015

The first time I ever went here around April it was very nice and sunny. Trails were a little muddy but it was okay. Unfortunately the second time I went at the end of May there was a lot of ticks! They were all In my hair and on my clothes. Even all over my poor puppy. I don't know if it was just the day because it was hot but I will never come here again after that horrible experience

walking
Sunday, March 15, 2015

Well marked easy trails! It makes for a nice peaceful walk. My first hike through was mid March, when all the snow melted. Definitely bring water proof shoes

Friday, May 23, 2014

Flat easy trail

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birding
8 months ago

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