Explore the most popular kid friendly trails near Ann Arbor with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

It was great! Beautiful sites, and alot of yelling at the people in kayak’s. As you walk there’s different fields and a lot of trails that’ll have you lost. I was trying to find the way to my car for like 30 minutes with 3 people. But we were taking every turn we saw. You should go!

Beautiful trail. A little noisy at the start as you are so close to the freeway, but it quiets down about 15 min in.

Great variety. Beautiful scenery and informational signage. Lots of people depending on the time of day and year. In the middle of the city so not very isolated feeling.

Johnson Preserve is a beautiful little woods. It tends to be a bit wet well into the summer, but has boardwalks over the wettest parts. The trail connects to the Lillie Park South Loop trail system, which is how I get to Johnson Preserve. The Preserve and Lillie Park South are a beautiful combination.

walking
1 month ago

The Matthaei Garden Trail is a 2-mile pedestrian road through a lightly wooded area. The path was built in 2017, I believe, and is 6-foot or 8-foot wide asphalt the entire way, with several wooden bridges over tiny streams. Parking at Matthaei and walking the entire thing is a 4-mile trip. My low rating is because I'm not a fan of asphalt or flat paths, especially given the other trails available at Matthaei. If you like asphalt paths through trees, you'll probably enjoy this one. If you want to check your GPS, they have markers every 1/4 mile.

on Scio Forest Loop

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail will like to come back in spring

hiking
2 months ago

Scio Forest is a very nice little woods. While the red loop passes fairly close to houses for much of the trail, they will probably become unnoticeable as the woods greens in the spring. I saw a group of 5-6 deer two different times, although it might have been two distinct groups. There are a few short bridges/boardwalks over small streams. The trails are much younger than many parks and, given the number of places they had puddles or ice patches, I suspect they will be somewhat muddy as the spring thaw comes. I look forward to returning regularly to this short walk in the woods.

2 months ago

Very nice hike around the area. Lots of little trails to discover. A little muddy for this time of the year, but what is a fun hike without any?

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail to do with the family and dogs

hiking
5 months ago

Nice trail with a bit of elevation change - hard to come by in this part of the state. You can hear the freeway from parts of the trail so minus one for that. The extended path across the river is beautiful.

Matthaei Botanical Gardens has over 5 miles of trails to enjoy. This is not so much a hike in the woods as it is wondering along Fleming Creek and some stands of trees. The trails follow the creek closely on both sides along with offering paths farther afield. The trails are generally very wide and grassy, with a few muddy spots. There are several bridges. There are a few boardwalks through swampy areas. The trails are open only to foot traffic. There are many, or very many, benches throughout to stop to enjoy a nice view. It is far enough from major roads that it can be quiet. I saw only two other hikers, each on the path on the opposite side of the creek from me, but I went on a Friday morning with a high temp of 28 degrees F. Judging from the amount of deer fencing they have around young trees and the 4 deer I saw, there are plenty of deer to be seen.

hiking
6 months ago

There are very nice views of the fall color of Bird Hills from the Barton Nature area trails. The Barton Nature part of my track also includes an out-and-back along the river - it offers occasional, very nice, views right on the water, but it is about 500" each way of very narrow trail, almost just a deer track. Along the way there is a party clearing around a large tree with some stella. I'll probably stick to the primary paths next time.
Kuebler is very pretty and warrants more than just the cruise through I gave it - would be worth it to loop back on other paths and wind through the whole area.
Bird Hills is beautiful. It was fairly busy. The trails are nice, although there are lots of intersections with no guidance on where each path goes (but it would be hard to actually get lost here). Has a nice amount of up and down as well, with occasional glimpses of the river from some paths.

This is a walk along mostly paved/packed gravel paths, with some board walks thrown in. It is not really a hIke - it is walk through some trees and scrub growth by a river. At the west end there are places where you can take dirt paths rather than the paved/gravel path. As long as you stay on the main path, this is probably wheel chair accessible and does offer some view of the river. Not my cup of tea.

walking
7 months ago

Not so much "trail" as hard gravel path through some trees. The main path is crushed limestone; there are some small dirt tracks off the path at a few places, but none are particularly interesting. If you live in the neighborhood, it is probably a better place to jog than your local sidewalk, but if you're getting in a car, the only reason to come here (instead of Lillie Park, the Arb, or Bird Hills) is if you don't want to be alone or in a woods. Britton Woods is much nicer than the Fitness Loop, but is tiny.

Great short hike. Trails are a bit confusing so make sure to have a map!

hiking
9 months ago

My favorite hike in the Ann Arbor area. Lots of ups and downs and fully wooded. Makes you feel like you have left the city.

hiking
10 months ago

Nice set of trails! Only down side is that you can hear the freeway for some sections of the trail.

hiking
10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

Best hike I've been on in Michigan so far

hiking
11 months ago

Enough traffic that I never felt alone and vulnerable walking with my dog. Nice to see people really making use of their Arb on a consistent basis. Some nice forested areas, open grassy field towards the back, views of the river. Off the main trail you can find some decent hills.

A stroll along the boardwalk leads to a dirt path through the forest, running next to the river. Benches along the way to sit and enjoy the lovely views. My dog loved this trail when we were living in the area. Certainly not a strenuous hike, but a nice, relaxing nature walk.

Nice place flat with pavement to run on. Didn't do the whole trails but will definitely go back. Right next to the river

Really nice trails good for running and or just a nice walk after work. Not hard but there are some hills that can get you to break a sweat if you want.

A nice nice walk in the woods with lots of shade for bright sunny days but not very well marked at the various intersections. We took the continuation over to Barton Hills recreation area. The way to get there is across the street and picking up the trail on the other side of the parking lot. Not clear at all. Trails were all dry. Lots of road noise from 14 although I could still hear the birds.

hiking
11 months ago

Lots of ups, downs and turns. I really enjoyed it. We brought our dog with us. Recommend it!

I love the botanical gardens and the trails! The indoor tropical section is especially fascinating. Be careful and watch out for the Massauga Rattlesnake while walking along the creek or pond.

walking
Friday, May 19, 2017

As noted, this is a paved trail with lots of foot and bike traffic. It's fine for a nice walk or ride along the river, it is not a hiking trail. My low-ish rating is as a hike; if you're just looking for a pleasant stroll, casual ride, or viewing waterfowl, it is a fine path.

hiking
Friday, May 19, 2017

The Arb is small, but, as others note, has enough hills that you can get a fair bit of up and down. The many side trails offer more woodsy scenery and fewer people than the main trails. Using the side trails, it is fairly easy to string together 4 or so miles with no retracing your steps and get a total of 1000 feet of ascent. There is a spot along the Huron where you can cross the railroad tracks and walk along the river down to Gallup park. It is also very common to see deer in the park, geese, egrets, and herons along the river.

hiking
Sunday, April 16, 2017

The hike was nice and invigorating.
It was a little early in the spring season to see a lot of greenery- but the path options were endless.
I was in good company and It was a nice workout.
I wasnt particularly fond of being so close to the road or Hiway that you could hear cars passing nor did I like crossing the road to connect the multiple trails. I would rank it a 5/10. Scenery wasn't much.
However, It was nice to get some fresh air!

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