Looking for a great trail near Chelsea, Michigan? AllTrails has 13 great hiking trails, trail running trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Pinckney Recreation Area or Highland State Recreation Area, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Omalley Memorial Park or Merrit Park. Ready for some activity? There are 8 moderate trails in Chelsea ranging from 3.1 to 8.9 miles and from 948 to 1,102 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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i really like this park. great forest covered hills and some swamps. walked the 4 miles of trail in about 2 hours and then put a few extra on the pinkey waterloo to fill out the hike. great day 1-4-2020

hiking
30 days ago

West Lake Preserve just keeps getting better. Washtenaw County NAPP acquired another 50+ acres, filling in the southwest corner of the preserve. My 20191222 track, with Sierra Club Huron Valley Group, shows some of the trails available in the new section. It allows a complete loop through the woods. My track is a bit messy - helped some wrong-turned hikers back to within sight of the parking lot - but you can now do close to 3 miles, maybe a bit over, without backtracking.

Gerald E. Eddy to Pines campground- out & back- was a good trail until you hit equestrian section halfway through- then pretty torn up by horses- some nice elevation gain and loss- all in all was a nice day to be out in the woods- 15 miles

Lots of bikes but beautiful woods.

Had to stop frequently for bikes on a Sunday. Lot at m52 was full. Pretty trail but some of it is lost in the moment because you need to be on high alert for bikes on each blind corner/hill. The cut through trail from Kame to Green Lake was very pretty! It went right through a sunny corn field. I'd come back on a weekday to see if there are fewer bikes. No service, download your maps!!

hiking
3 months ago

West Lake Preserve is a pretty preserve with a nice rolling meadow around the parking lot and a small woodland by the lake. I recommend taking all the woodland trails - the western loop is quite pretty. I expect the meadow will put on a decent show of flowers in summer.

on DTE Green Trail

hiking
3 months ago

Lovely 5 mi path, but too much biker traffic for hiking.

Awesome, got a little lost however it added more adventure.

Nice challenging and scenic trail. I started at the Discovery Center and made a round trip, with a rest break at the road down to Green Lake. That worked well for me because there are some rather big hills (for Michigan) within a mile of the Green Lake turn around. I would not have wanted to do those in my last of 8 miles. I highly recommend this trail, no matter how you do it. Note to summer hikers - the bugs can be quite bad on this trail and n the summer, but the is true of most trails in the area over the summer.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful but not good for hiking. Heavily bike trafficked narrow trails.

Park Lyndon has grown on me as I've visited it more. One note of caution: I recommend following the Waterloo-Pinckney Trail (WPT) north across the first 3 boardwalks so you can view the wetlands, but be aware that the boardwalks can be *very* slippery after a rain and they *are not level*; mossy boards will be particularly slippery. The trails are not well-marked, but maps are often available at the North & South kiosks. The easiest way to hit all 4 miles is to park in the South lot, then start north, across the road; keep right at *every* junction; after about 5 junctions, you will be on the esker (narrow raised bit of land) - follow this north until you come to the 1st boardwalk, keep following it for 2 more boardwalks. Then turn around, follow the trail back, take a right at the first junction you come to; this takes you back to the North lot. Follow the road back east to the South lot or take the trail (a small opening east of the N. lot; go right at the intersection). To do the South loop (Blue + Green), the trail head is SSE from the parking lot; go right at the first junction and you'll come to an overlook at Lake Genevieve; go left (when facing the lake) around Lake Genevieve; at the next overlook of Lake Genevieve, continue straight (south); follow this trail until you get to a 4-way intersection - a two-track "road" intersects the trail you are on - continue straight. Soon you will see a sign-post indicating the WPT heads off to the right - do *not* follow it, continue straight instead. You'll do a switchback down the hill and around into a small stand of pines. Continue straight, again crossing the two-track, past a small grassy parking lot on your right, and back to the main south lot.

I would give this trail a 3.5 if that had been an option. It’s certainly pretty, and the elevation changes are good for those wanting to get their hearts pumping. The primary drawbacks, in my mind, are that parts of the trail are near the very noisy North Territorial Rd, and that because they loop over a fairly compact area, I didn’t feel like in ever went anywhere (I usually take longer loop trails or cross-country trails). On the bright side, this trail can easily be extended farther in either direction along the Pinckney-Waterloo Trail than the typical hiker hikes on any given day.

hiking
rocky
4 months ago

Well marked, great scenery. Only negative is there were a lot of mountain bikes.

While this trail is beautiful and well kept it’s just not marked well AT ALL. Too easy to get lost! Notified the ranger but don’t attempt it unless you don’t mind getting lost awhile....thankfully my phone still got reception...GPS is a lifesaver.

hiking
5 months ago

It is an excellent trail for biking, but because of that just so so for hiking. Not very hilly, but a good five mile loop. You need to keep your eyes forward at all times for bikes. I do like that there was clear signage which way hikers go vs bikes and I never had a bike approach from behind.

on DTE Green Trail

mountain biking
5 months ago

This trail is beautifully smooth and flows perfectly. It serves as a good warm up for the more difficult trails in the area, or a fun and fast ride for beginners. Pay attention to the signs at the trail entrance to make sure you're going the correct direction depending on the day of the week.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice rolling trail through the woods. Hikers should expect to be outnumbered 50-1.

I enjoyed the hills, and the swampy Lake Genevieve. The trails are not marked, and I had a hard time finding what I was looking for. I truly wanted the 4-mile hike, but there were too many diversions and bugs.

hiking
6 months ago

Attracts a lot of serious bikers but seems to be made for beginners but it is a lot of fun

Good time with the gf and pup! Nice elevation changes throughout.

Great trails. We did about 11 miles with our Boy Scout troop. Great hills that were just right for backpacking and great views around crooked lake. Met some nice people fishing as well.

hiking
8 months ago

I came out to photograph the fern fronds unfolding and spring ephemerals. The Bog trail did not disappoint, so there are more scenery photos and fewer trail photos than normal. My new photos are geo-tagged to my 20190506 recording. Higher resolution versions and a few more photos are at https://johnmetzler.smugmug.com/Parks/Waterloo-State-Recreation-Area/Waterloo-SRA-Discovery-Center-trails/.

hiking
8 months ago

The Old Field trails is a fine little loop if you are already in the area. It can be accessed from the Discovery Center parking lot or via a connector to the Lowland Trail.

Park Lyndon's trails have a fair bit of elevation change for SE Michigan, especially for a "Hikers only" trail. Spring ephemerals were in bloom throughout the park. On the North trail (Yellow loop, although I didn't really see any yellow blazes along the route), there is a stretch where an old boardwalk is being absorbed into the Embury Swamp. The path is still elevated above the swamp, so it creates a pretty neat effect. I was unable to find the part of the Green trail that goes south from East parking lot - where the Green trail supposedly continues past the trail to the overlook, it instead 'T's into the trail to the overlook. If you get to the cabin on the south side of the Blue/Green trail, the trail continues around behind the cabin on toward Lake Genevieve. My pictures are geo-tagged to my trail of 20190505. Higher resolution versions of the pictures and additional pictures are at https://johnmetzler.smugmug.com/Parks/Park-Lyndon/Park-Lyndon-trails-and-scenery/.

Love this trail. It’s has a diverse terrain and a nice view of the pond. It would be really pretty in the summer.

Pros: Well-maintained and groomed. Beautiful hardwoods trail hike. Cons: Some very steep hills - but worth the views at the top! Used as a horse riding trail too so watch out for manure on the trail from time to time! Parking - Easy parking at the Discovery Center or by the Green Lake campsite (Recreation Passport required in both places. If you don't have one, you can buy one at the Discovery Center.) Also, everywhere the trail crosses a road, there is a small parking lot (for ~5 cars) or a pull-off on the side of the road.

I grew up 20 minutes from here and they just finished this trail a year before I moved! I rode it more times than I can count and in my opinion it's the best biking trail in the lower part of Michigan hands Down! I ride it everyone I'm home for a visit.

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