Holland Ponds to Yates Cider Mill

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Holland Ponds Park

Holland Ponds to Yates Cider Mill is a 3.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Utica, Michigan that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length3.1 miElevation gain65 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingrunningForestWildlifeSnow
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Please note that this trail is located close to a shooting range.

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maela jimenez
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Walking

Really enjoyed this hike. Has a lot of different paths.

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John K
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Nice views of the Clinton River. Easy to follow trail.

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John K
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Bunnie McMuffin
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Hiking

Chunky ice on most of the path, west appropriate coils or treads on your shows. Pretty and easy hike!

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Kelly Ording
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Hiking

Nice, quaint trail following along a river for the most point. It was quite icy at points and a little muddy in other parts. I think this would be a great trail for a nice sunny day in the summer or a warm fall day when the leaves are changing!

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Cecilia Glenn
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Hiking

nice hike a bit icy today

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Julie Kusnery
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Adam Alsnayyan
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Bertha Mertha
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Tommy Marsala
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megan leventis
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Hiking

It was nice. Unfortunately near a gun range.

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Oana Danciu
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Dave Axford
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HikingGreat!

Trail was in good shape and it hugged the river the majority of the time. Beautiful day with the round trip (Ryan Rd to Yates and return) being 3.5 miles. Will definitely be back!

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Kevin Sardiga
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Paddle sports
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Adam Young
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Tommy Marsala
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Jen H
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Hiking

This trail got a poor rating for 3 main reasons: 1.) it’s located right next to a gun range so every few seconds your ears are assaulted by gunfire. The last thing you want to hear when you’re out on a tranquil hike is constant gunfire. 2.) the other side of this trail runs alongside a landfill. The smell & sight of that is again something I don’t want to see on a hike in nature 3.) there is almost no markings on this trail. If it wasn’t for the AllTrails map I would have no idea of the route. There are definitely very beautiful areas along this hike but the negatives outweigh it for me. I won’t be back & I would not recommend it to others

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mike schmidt
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Addison Schmidt
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Marjorie Jaszcz
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Hiking

so beautiful, lots of ponds with different fauna and flora. longer then what this app says, my step counter said 5.5miles around trip, the app said 3.4. I didn't see all the roots ppl have posted about, it was very smooth trails, different materials though, rough ground, pounded gravel, beachy sand, a little muddy for a very short space, wooden bridges, and one broken set of steps, please be careful here. It was very fun to arrive at the cider mill, but even better to see my car at the end, I was ready for 3mi not 5!

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Sydney Thompson
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Katie Navarro
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WalkingGreat!

in one word, awesome!! There is ALOT of tree roots ( it is a nature trail) deffently need good walking shoes! NOT wheelchair or stroller friendly. Bug spray would come in handy. very nice and pretty.

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Alan Barker
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Hiking

Trail is busy during the fall with people and dogs going to the cider mill

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Caleb Hyde
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Hiking

Starts off with gravel trail

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Vanessa Brasile
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HikingOver grown

Not marked, loop is smaller, great if you have kids. Not stroller friendly. Trail isn’t clean but it was good for running. Lots a up roots.

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Magda Lena
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Kimberly Holt-Schultz
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HikingBugsGreat!

First I have lived in this area since the 1980s and have been to Yates and had NO IDEA this existed until I found it in All Trails. It was GREAT! If you start at Ryan Rd ( which I totally recommend and know that Google maps doesn't show you correct location you need to drive North on Ryan past 22 Mile Rd and it's a tiny little gravel lot) then know there are two trail heads - pick one they come out the same - the one on the right is a distance of no shade and gravel with is good and easy I'll hike other next time. Then you enter the woods - this is an EXTREMELY busy Metro Detroit area near impossible to get away from car noise but once in the cool forest you suddenly realize hey I just hear nature!!! We stayed along the river going to Yates and it was AWESOME. At Yates we sat having our with a bunch of ducks and used the bathroom which was great for us ladies. We walked back along the more common route and did not stay along the river - it was still good ( we had to get out wed been there too long!) But not as cool but quicker and easier. You could make an entire day out of this - pack a towel ,suit, food , rubber floaties duck and there are spot you can easily get in river and swim / hang out . It wasn't busy we saw 4 others on trail - but it was a Wednesday - I have no idea how it is on weekends. Idk if regulars to Yates in the fall even know this trail is here - if they do then it would be packed on the weekends and I'd stay clear - It's an easy hike but near river you def. Have to climb over a couple of things and walk on some roots, you need a bit of balance - but the other part of trail is groomed and accessible to all. I don't understand at all why people leave low ratings and say ' trail wasn't groomed or cleaned ' or ' too many bugs!' It's nature people. natural Nature. Which is getting extremely difficult to find in the area near Macomb at all - really this is a freaking GEM we have here. That's why I gave 5 stars - you are actually in nature and can forget the whole Covid crazy world for a short time and that will soothe your soul. Plus bring some cash so you can pick up super yummy donuts / drinks/ snacks at Yates to take a break . I will hike this trail often as it is close to my house and it's way better than walking the concrete jungle that exists around Hall Rd neighborhoods One last thing - I did this in July in midst of 100 degree weather for two weeks in a row kind of summer - it was very very dry - river low - ponds low- but made for low bugs . Also saw a lot of wildlife just scurrying around and a HUGE ( like a foot diameter turtle) I plan of taking a blanket next time and just taking a break to sit and watch. The best think about today was there were like a MILLION beautiful black and blue dragonflies that would land on you. It was like being in the Detroit Zoos butterfly house but with dragonflies!

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Mike Fantauzzo
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Hiking

Some bugs and some mud. But that’s to be expected in nature after it rains. A variety of paths to take. Including winding along the river. A nice hike overall.

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Deborah Duncan
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It was an enjoyable hike. Lots of shady areas but there was a lot of poison ivy I would recommend pants and bug spray. Also like the fact that it was not overly crowded. Overall it was a really nice walk that took us to Yates cider Mill.

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