Bluffs Nature Area

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Bluffs Nature Area is a 2.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Ann Arbor, Michigan that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 2.8 miles Elevation Gain: 285 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

trail running

walking

bird watching

forest

river

wildlife

no dogs

Bluffs Nature Area in Ann Arbor is a small park, just 40 acres. The trails wind up and down a glacial ridge, giving a decent amount of elevation change in a short hike. It has several fairly steep, but brief, sections. Street parking as available to access this route, or a small, gravel parking lot with a trail head is available at 1257 N. Main Street

Revisited the Bluffs to see how it looks in summer. Trails are narrow, with a fair bit of poison ivy. Hills are still nice. The numerous intersections, dead-end trails, dense understory, and complete lack of trail marking make it even more of an adventure than in winter. Probably not a walk for the casual park stroller who wants well-tended and trimmed trails with clear markings. For what it's worth, I have yet to find a map that accurately reflects the currently usable trails. I have one on CalTopo, no promises it is accurate either (https://caltopo.com/m/N16D). Recent pictures are geo-tagged to my 20190626 Bluffs Nature Area 1.9mi track. Higher resolution versions and a few additional pictures are at https://johnmetzler.smugmug.com/Parks/Bluffs-Nature-Area/Bluffs-Nature-Area/

hiking
snow
5 months ago

Bluffs Nature Area is like a restaurant that serves delicious food, but isn't particularly clean. The trails are nice, with plenty of up and down. But there are places with a fair bit of trash and the entire park could use a nice controlled burn. While there are views of the Huron River, North Main Street and its businesses, as well as the train tracks, are between the Bluffs and the river. Hopefully someone will get back in Spring or Summer to get some pictures with some color. I saw nobody else when I was there, but the trails were solidly iced over everywhere except a few southeast-facing slopes. My pictures are geo-tagged on my track. A few more, and higher resolution versions, are on johnmetzler.smugmug.com/parks.

hiking
3 months ago

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hiking
4 months ago

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