Marshall-Freeman Red-Yellow Loop

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Marshall-Freeman Red-Yellow Loop is a 2.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Ann Arbor, Michigan that features a great forest setting. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking and trail running. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.6 miles
249 feet

dogs on leash


trail running



The Marshall Nature Area trail links to Washtenaw County's Freeman Preserve trails, making for a nice walk. The two combine to offer a little-used, short walk in the woods and some nice solitude. Trails are unmarked at this point in time, you might want to download the maps from Washtenaw Cty (, although you can't really get lost in these little parks. The parking lot for the trails is on Dixboro Rd., immediately after you turn north off Ann Arbor - Plymouth Rd., on left side of Dixboro. Small lot, can handle maybe 8 cars. There are a few steep hills, but none of them are long climbs.

16 days ago

Nice secluded trail. Trails aren’t marked well, but it’s not hard to figure it out. We had to backtrack twice but it just added to the experience.

22 days ago

Quite, alone except for two cyclists, lots of spiders and one snake. Couple of places bit more challenging than “moderate”. Wonderful hike, felt like I was in a wilderness. One disturbing thing, someone used spray paint on trees to mark trail.

2 months ago

Well kept and scenic with some moderately challenging hills and only faint noise from nearby traffic. Be prepared for mud!

10 months ago

Very nice walk in the woods on a Wednesday morning. I met one couple with their dog, saw nobody else. I surprised deer a couple times, but only saw glimpses as they ran off in the woods. Some parts have lots of undergrowth, some parts have been burned clear within the last few years, not sure if the distinction is the Ann Arbor portion (Marshall) vs. county portion (Freeman Preserve). I didn't find any obvious way to get from the Freeman pedestrian entry on Ford Rd. to the Horner-McLaughlin/Goodrich trails.

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