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.

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.