Ortonville Recreation Area with 5,400 acres contains high wooded hills and a wide range of recreational activities.

Nice trail. Some decent hills and very well marked.

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3 months ago

The Trail is well marked and mapped. For me, it was ok. The scenery is typical woods that you’ll see just about everywhere here in Michigan. I enjoy being in the woods so it was nice, but it just didn’t have that special spot or anywhere super unique. Unfortunately I only did the west side of the trail. I ran into hunters at two different spots, and then at marker 6 (I believe) I heard a bunch of gunfire coming from my right and decided to not to go out into the larger loop, because I didn’t want to take any chances. It turns out there’s a gun range just past the northern road, which is likely what I was hearing. If I get back out and take that trail, I may re-rate.

But yeah I was a bit underwhelmed. The hill that all the maps show was wasn’t remarkable from the others you’ll climb over (and there are quite a few) When I got to the marker just beyond it I even said out-loud “No way that was the hill.”

I think it’s a great trail for trail running and even mountain biking. The trail is well marked and groomed and the climbs will get your heart rate climbing a bit, but they are easy enough not to give anyone too much trouble.

Doggos shouldn’t be an issue here. It’s pretty far out, on a dirt road...it states the park pass is required but I didn’t even see any spot where they’d check. You travel down a gravel road to a small gravel/dirt parking lot. So I can’t see how dogs would be an issue. So I wouldn’t avoid if you need a trail for your doggo. As I said, it’s nice for a workout and it’d be nice terrain for him/her to get energy out and explore.

NO PETS. waste of a drive.

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5 months ago

Awesome hiking!

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5 months ago

Loved our hike!

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9 months ago

Nice for Southeast Michigan

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10 months ago

Nice trail in the Ortonville Recreation Area although I like the Bloomer Unit better. Very elevated. It's too bad they don't build a lookout or something at the top. You would have some incredible views!

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10 months ago

The Bloomer Unit is probably the best hike in Ortonville Rec Area. No hunting allowed and the deep woods trails are quiet and peaceful. Unbeatable in the fall!

Monday, January 08, 2018

a great trail system for beauty and walking my lab. Kumar. he's a big sweetie!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

It is a great trail. There are some nice hills. Just watch out for horse poop. It is definitely worth your time.

on Pinnacle Point Hike

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Sunday, October 08, 2017

The ground was very soft and muddy. Need to watch out for all the horse poop. Pinnacle Point was a little disappointing. There's a fallen tree on trail 1 so be careful if you're biking.
There were quite a few different species of birds. The trail is wide and it's easy following the main path. There weren't really any bugs. Plenty of parking and there's an outhouse at the equestrian camp.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

nice views , good woodsy trail with the dogs!

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Great hiking trails that are groomed and also some that will take you off the beaten path. Hiked around 3 hrs and could have much longer without taking the same trail twice. The view is beautiful at the top mid day, but I will be back to catch a sunset hike soon ❤. Highly recommend, easy going, but there are some decent incline area.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Wonderful afternoon hike on almost exclusive wooded trails. This is a nice a quiet round loop trail. You can start from the campground. There a quite a bit of insects that will bother you along the way, be prepared for it. After a rain fall there might be some muddy spots but overall the trail seemed well maintained. You have plenty of options depending on how long of a hike you want to go on. I'd say the trails are good for around 3 hour of hiking. We went on a Sunday afternoon in July and it was pretty quiet. No bikers allowed, dogs ok, you might run into some horse back riders.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Great trails the equestrian trail is very muddy in spots. But nice and long to go for a good distance. Wear bug spray.

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Friday, June 10, 2016

Really fun trail, very remote, lots of different paths to take. Ascending and descending throughout. Definitely recommend this to everyone.

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

This trail was really cool. I really enjoyed how scenic it was. There were ponds and grass fields and beautiful spots in the woods. We made it up to pinnacle point, which was lovely and we watched the sunset. Great place to relax and be free. The downfall was all of the mud. It was more than ankle deep and covered the whole trail at parts so it was unavoidable. We read something that said severe spring time mud; but didn't think it would be that bad. Luckily I had rubber boots. If you plan on going make sure you wear boots. My boyfriend wore some regular boots and the mud came up past the laces. Rubber boots might be a good idea for this trail. Plus there is lots of horse poop, since this trail is part of the equestrian camp. Didn't bother me since I could just put my boots in the back of the truck and hose them off when I got home. Will try this trail again later in the year when hopefully the mud is dried up more.

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Thursday, May 05, 2016

The beginning of the trail was very well marked, about 4 intersections in the signs disappeared and I got lost. Loved the trails and the hills but they need to go back and make sure all of the markers are put back up.

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Monday, December 07, 2015

Beautiful and challenging. Very hilly.

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