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

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fee
muddy
snow
1 month ago

This was the first hike I remember taking as a child. I have enjoyed these trails for decades and am thankful for all that Matthai has kept on offer for so long. I gladly pay for parking.

Really easy and just a grass path through a field. Probably really pretty in the Summer/Fall. We will come back at that time to see it again.

running
7 months ago

First Trail I found since moving to Michigan. Great jog at Sunrise. Very clean and maintained trail. Asphalt. Makes for a great place for a quick escape and workout.

Beautiful and pleasant.

Beautiful!

walking
Fri Apr 06 2018

The Matthaei Garden Trail is a 2-mile pedestrian road through a lightly wooded area. The path was built in 2017, I believe, and is 6-foot or 8-foot wide asphalt the entire way, with several wooden bridges over tiny streams. Parking at Matthaei and walking the entire thing is a 4-mile trip. My low rating is because I'm not a fan of asphalt or flat paths, especially given the other trails available at Matthaei. If you like asphalt paths through trees, you'll probably enjoy this one. If you want to check your GPS, they have markers every 1/4 mile.

Matthaei Botanical Gardens has over 5 miles of trails to enjoy. This is not so much a hike in the woods as it is wondering along Fleming Creek and some stands of trees. The trails follow the creek closely on both sides along with offering paths farther afield. The trails are generally very wide and grassy, with a few muddy spots. There are several bridges. There are a few boardwalks through swampy areas. The trails are open only to foot traffic. There are many, or very many, benches throughout to stop to enjoy a nice view. It is far enough from major roads that it can be quiet. I saw only two other hikers, each on the path on the opposite side of the creek from me, but I went on a Friday morning with a high temp of 28 degrees F. Judging from the amount of deer fencing they have around young trees and the 4 deer I saw, there are plenty of deer to be seen. Hi-res versions of pictures at https://johnmetzler.smugmug.com/Parks

I love the botanical gardens and the trails! The indoor tropical section is especially fascinating. Be careful and watch out for the Massauga Rattlesnake while walking along the creek or pond.

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