walking
3 months ago

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.

walking
Thursday, June 01, 2017

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.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
4 months ago