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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.

Length 2.8 mi Elevation gain 285 ft Route type Loop
Kid friendly Hiking Walking Bird watching Running Forest River Wildlife No dogs
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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

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Emily Morris
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Hiking

Noisy from the highway and very narrow path. Not as scenic as nearby Bird Hills

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Anthony De Cicco
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Hiking

Don’t recommend running on this trail unless you have walked it a few times before. Sort of just sent it and got easily lost due to many split offs. Eventually found my way back using the app but it took away from the overall enjoyability of the run.

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Prab Koppera
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Hiking

We entered from Orkeny Dr. (parked on st.) Steep, easy to get turned around with twisting, well laid trails and fast running kids. Some bikers on the trails. Kid friendly, not muddy.

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Lauren Bloom
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HikingMuddy

Not well marked but easy to follow paths. Some road noise, but it was winter so no leaves to block. Liked the terrain and some of the bright clearings! Easy to access nice loop - would come back.

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John Metzler
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Hiking

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/

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John Metzler
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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.

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Nick Alderink
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Running
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Morgan Gere
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Hiking
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Jared Kreft
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Hiking
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Lyss Adkins
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Hiking
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AA D
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Thomas Mehall
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Cristi Rodriguez-Alfaro
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Hiking
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N Fulcher
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Lisa Wilson
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Bonnie Brooker-Nolan
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