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

mountain biking
7 days ago

These trails are super fun. Mostly easy climbs, a little technical in sections of single-track switchbacks, and the sand in sections requires some peddling. Beginner or expert, these trails can entertain anybody, except hikers. They are indeed multi-use, but the bikers really out number all others.

A very solid moderate trail for starters. I was also surprised how hilly it was compared to how flat Michigan is. Benches and markers on trail.

hiking
22 days ago

I went here to hike the 12 mile loop but it was for mountain bikers mostly and didn’t want to get run over. However, this trail is quite the gem! I started around 9:45am and there wasn’t many people. Very quiet walk and absolutely beautiful trees and scenery. The trail was also mostly completed shaded! I will be back.

Did the Penosha and Kahchin trails a couple days ago. Well marked, get paper maps at the gate. All trails start off the parking lot at Bishop Lake. Very few bugs on the day I went, using a basic low-Deet bugspray. Looks like the previously eroded areas others mentioned have been reinforced with rubber [recycled tires?] gradations to prevent future erosion. Saw a few people on the Penosha nearer to the far parking area, but otherwise it was quiet. Great hike in a wooded area. There is a paved half-loop around Bishop Lake that was very scenic. Swimming area at the lake if you plan to cool off afterwards.

Good hike! A lot of sites to see, also a nice lake in the area. Will visit again!

hiking
1 month ago

beautiful land but far too many bikes to make for an enjoyable walk with the dogs. have to be on high alert 100% of the time watching for them around tight corners.

hiking
1 month ago

It was a great hike even on a warm summer afternoon. Very few mosquitos right now. The trail is not very wide and there are lots of mountain bikers, so hikers be alert. There is the occasional low hanging branch, but other than that, the trail is well maintained.

Great trail with young and old tree growth.

birding
2 months ago

Fantastic trail for birding. Bring bird seed and the chickadees and titmice are likely to eat out of your hand.

Great trail, well groomed!

very pretty. moderate hills are a challenge.

How long does this usually take to hike?

hiking
3 months ago

One of our favorite hikes 5 miles in 90 minutes. Take that step counters! :)

Nice trails year round

Island Lake Recreation Area is beautiful. Kayaking feels like you're up north (when you get out of distance of the shooting range anyway). Hiking is gorgeous with lots of elevation, sweeping views, and huge sand dunes to climb and go down. Who knew there were big sand dunes in SE Mich? For the best hike, park in the Spring Mill Pond parking lot and then find the bike/hike trails south and east of the parking lot. There's also an awesome little secluded pond you can swim in with sandy banks.

trail running
6 months ago

This is one of my favorite trails to train on. There is some great elevation as well as a few technical spots.

trail running
9 months ago

Great trail to run with no bikes. Ran the hiking trail around noon on a Friday. Only saw 4 people. Colors were pretty good. Really scenic.

hiking
9 months ago

Shout out to Greg Tasker and his 5-star trails of Ann Arbor & Detroit (https://www.trails.com/catalog_product.aspx?productfamilyid=11164) for convincing me to come to BSRA for fall color - Penosha was beautiful today. Even the boring back section on the road was pretty. The woods were so nice, I had to turn around and do the Kahchin right after the Penosha. The trails were very busy today, saw 30 or so others on the trails.
As always, the trails were in great shape, nice amount of up and down. Very pleasant afternoon.

I hike this trail . Today was really hot . I was able to 13.6 miles . I enjoy it . I didn't use the trail App to record all my activities .

hiking
11 months ago

Trails in great shape and well marked. Fairly flat easy hike. We'll do it again

hiking
11 months ago

A nice change of pace from other trails around but not much to see. Scenery is mostly the same throughout, but it's a decent 5 mile loop if you are from the area. I wouldn't drive from out of the area to check this one off your list.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

How are the trails today after yesterday's rain?

mountain biking
Friday, August 18, 2017

Nice trail for a beginner it has some challenges but if you have the stamina they're easily handled.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

My boyfriend and I did half of the blue trail last Saturday; would definitely go back to check out the rest of the trails! Also had a chance to view the meteor shower up on a hill overlooking Spring Mill Pond. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

mountain biking
Sunday, August 13, 2017

Great trails. It's been a few years since we've been here and had forgotten what a great trail this is. It's a fast trail with plenty of straight always and a few fairly easy climbs. Awesome plase to come and spin your legs, also great place for beginners to experience the sport.

mountain biking
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

After transitioning from road to trails, I find my second visit not devoid of interesting challenges. I'm working through them with each visit but find difficult to master the long technical inclines. I look forward to each visit.

Well marked trails. The day we went it was very humid and hence very buggy. Our morning was cut short because some where we missed a turn that would have given us the full 12 miles

hiking
Sunday, June 25, 2017

I hike the blue loop every so often ( i usually stick with the yellow because of time restraints). If anyone has hiked or biked the blue trail, have you seen the VW bug in the woods? I am trying to get a history of that car and how it got there. if you have any info please let me know. Thank you.

hiking
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

First with ace & cleave our path into the forest

mountain biking
Wednesday, June 07, 2017

I Like the Yellow Trail because it is less technical then Maybury State Park Mt Bike Trail, and it feels like a faster ride.

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