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Nice trail

Beautiful views, perfect trail for a hike. The nature center was an added bonus for our 2 year old

on Hike-Bike Trail

hiking
3 months ago

paved. bugs. sunny. good hike.

a nice not very busy walk with a couple little hills.

Some trail closures due to trail work and controlled burn for the Kirkland Warblers. Lots of hills for a challenging hike in this area.

hiking
bridge out
closed
muddy
7 months ago

Will come back another time. Lots of closures and detours right now. Bridges being rebuilt.

This is a great trail for a county park. it walks on paved path for about 3/4 mile. the rest is what you make of it. I like going all the way bay and walking the gravely hill trails. You can make these trails a quick 2 miler or a 5 miler. Depends how you take it. In summer the horse flies come out in areas but guess what, its Michigan. Not ever really crowded. Enjoyable. Open till dark.

walking
7 months ago

Just an ashphalt trail. Flat and clean. Should be EASY if Charlies Bunion is MODERATE. I am on this trail 3 days a week as I live at the end of the park and can walk in everyday. Many horseflies in summer but that is everywhere in MI.

Pretty good but the Rockwood half is not as secluded so the "nature hike" is a bit defeated.

I liked this trail but I do want to point out that one leg of the trail (one mile long) is marked as "most difficult" and the trail itself is already moderate. I actually had to skip the leg and continue around the lake. I wouldn't have been able to complete the difficult stretch in snow with big boots. Other than that, it was well marked and actually has a specified way to walk.

10 months ago

inline sk8n at it's best...bring water and your big girl wheels...this is a clean, fast, fun ride. The initial hill is fun at the beginning of the ride and the last challenge climb at the end. Music is a motivator...come out and ride once and you'll be hooked.

It’s a beautiful trail with lots of options to increase or decrease difficulty. I just did it today, and I think it’ll be my go-to trail. Easy access from home and lots of variety! If there was a waterfall, I’d give it a 5!!

running
Tue Sep 04 2018

My go to place for runs and hikes. Done all 4 seasons for years. All the trails are great and go from very easily to highly challenging.

Sun Aug 19 2018

Great for skating on!

Beautiful hike.

Beautiful and really enjoyable to hike. Lots of wildlife, pretty lake.

Love this trail. Beautiful views.

The Spring lake trail and other connecting trails at Independence Oaks County park are the steepest and longest hill that I have found in South East Michigan. I use these trails to prepare for my summer Colorado hikes. The ground drains well and the tails are in good shape even after rains. The trails are wide a smooth and well maintained. This park is also loaded with wild life. In addition to the typical deer, Beaver are active in the park. For bird watchers, I have seen red headed and Pilated wood peckers. Sand Hill cranes like the Marshy area on the South East side of the lake.

Great trail - Do it often

hiking
Sun Mar 04 2018

Nice Trail for a family hike. Wide easy to follow trails.

walking
Mon Jul 24 2017

No water for 8 mile walk once you leave the trail-head. Restrooms at about 3 miles. Nicely paved and maintained path. Watch out for those deer-flies! Trail staff is very helpful and friendly.

I'm at this park/trail 4-5 times a week for my workout. Decent little hills, typically quiet, always clean. Some beautiful lake views and the feeling of being far from the city. An annual Oakland county parks pass is only $30, and well worth the price!

fun hike. one of the few metro Detroit trails I've found with some hills. if anyone knows of other nearby hilly areas, I'd love some suggestions.

hiking
Sun Aug 09 2015

I agree with John but go in main entrance on Sashabaw, go right at the tee, & go to end of road in parking lot by nature center. There is a fee, BTW, but worth it. Starting there by end of parking lot, Springlake is trail to RIGHT of fork. But hard to get lost: almost every junction has weatherproof map on post to tell you where to go. I like Springlake with Gray loop & come back by Rocky Ridge. Some hills so why rated moderate. Got used to the gravel but rather they hadn't. For these trails almost completely shaded: didn't really need sunscreen but would for ones around lake. And plan for more like 5 miles for my route.

Trails are not nearly as difficult as the rating implies. For older people looking for a scenic walk.

These trails are actually in the Independence Oaks County Park off Sashabaw Road for the person who could not find it. After doing this hike a couple of times I determined that for true hikers you want to do the Springlake trail and then add the Ted gray loop. If you hike the loop counterclockwise, where the trail splits for the lakeshore portion stay to the left. It stays a hiking trail. The trail to the right turns into a multi purpose trail, not very scenic and alot more crowded. After figuring this out this has been become of my better regular hikes.

i am not a fan of the gravel they have put on many areas as it is hard to run on without hurting my feet. trails are nice though at the park.

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