Metamora Hadley Recreation Area Foot Trail

MODERATE 40 reviews

Metamora Hadley Recreation Area Foot Trail is a 3.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Metamora, Michigan that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
187 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

camping

canoeing

fishing

hiking

walking

beach

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

rocky

3871 Herd Road, Metamora, MI (810) 797-4439

Good trail for the location. Heavily used and the last 25% of the trail is through the camp ground. A couple of good river and lake views.

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20 days ago

hiking
28 days ago

Pros: beautiful at sunset, trails well marked
Cons: Fair amount of noise from people at the beach, snakes, lots of bugs

Some leaves were already turning, but I would probably go back again to see the full fall color.

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3 months ago

Excellent day hike

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3 months ago

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4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful day in the park. I as a holiday weekend. First 1/3 of the walk was around the lake with a decent variety of elevation. I was glad to get further in to get away from all crowd noise. 2/3 was lush and green. Absolutely fantastic . Good variety of plants and trees. Last third was nice and grassy and woodsy. I really enjoyed it. I would rank it a 7/10

5 months ago

5 months ago

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6 months ago

camping
6 months ago

I've done this trail in the daytime and during the night, a lot more fun at night, highly recommended!!

fishing
10 months ago

I've also been hiking and hunting here for 4 years. Beautiful scenery, a variety of trails, not just one loop. For those concerned about hunters, the majority are archers way off the trails and a few small game hunters like myself in the fall. The areas that can be hunted are a southern section with a parking area about a mile or so south of the main entrance with no trails and the northwestern area in the back of the park. There is no hunting in any other areas.

There is a very nice campground, a nice size lake with boat rentals, and a beach. The fishing can be a little hit or miss depending on the time of the year. During the spawn, the panfish line up the shores along the entire lake so don't limit yourself to the "fishing walkout". I've caught some nice bass along the shore and have even hooked a few pike.

The trails aren't too difficult. There are a few elevation changes throughout but they're not grueling or anything. There's a couple of low spots as well that can get a little muddy, but only if there's been a good rain. If you're into trail running then these trails are worth checking out. Beautiful scenery. But, be aware if you're into biking, there are no bikes allowed off the paved roads, so no mountain/trail biking.

You really can't go wrong with these trails or the park as a whole. The park is smack dab in the middle of Oak Country, so expect to see plenty of squirrels and the occasional deer. I've also jumped a couple of rabbits and turkey while on the trails.

Make a day of it and be sure to visit. You won't regret it.

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Thursday, September 08, 2016

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Sunday, June 12, 2016