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

Detroit, Michigan Map
1 month ago

Nice, smooth pea gravel for most of the trail. A few tire ruts. Lots of nice hideaway places for swimming or fishing. Met 8 to 10 groups of people. Nicely groomed. Alas, no freighters.

2 months ago

Nice city trail. Paved as expected for its location. Great walk for the dog and pet-parent. Add the Dequindre Cut for extra exercise. Plenty of spots for breaks along the Riverfront to people-watch and enjoy a snack.

I enjoyed the trail but giving it only 3 stars because of the dead end on the north side of the trail at the golf driving range, and it has not been well maintained (weeds) where the benches are. Saw two blue herons, and loved the scenery.

3 months ago

Dangerous. A crackhead woman followed me and tried fighting with me for no reason. No security or anyone else around to do anything. thankfully I got out of there.

3 months ago


4 months ago

I love this trail! It's a gem in the city of Detroit.

road biking
bridge out
washed out
4 months ago

4 months ago

Lovely island with great views of both Detroit and Canada. The trail shown is great for biking but is essentially a 3 lane road which is not the kind of trail I was hoping to run on. The loop at the North end of the Isle was closed. I did find one lovely gravelly trail through the woods. Detroit is not a great city to run in!!

4 months ago

nice park with lots of things to see. tried to jog around the entire perimeter, got hung up near the light house, dead end as there was a fence separating the driving range from the trail. the perimeter road near the coast guard station. was slightly flooded, but not enough to totally soak shoes and socks.

excellent place to bike around. Fun, roughly 6 mile loop, with tons of offshoots to take you exploring on mini adventures into the botanical gardens or the aquarium, or other back areas of the park. Surrounded by water, and small lakes within the island, this park offers A LOT!

Great walk. fantastic for people watching, getting a good view of Canada, and checking out some of the small nature areas near Miliken State Park

5 months ago

This is a bike loop but it was a fun hike. Belle Isle like Detroit has so much potential, keep working at it. Awesome urban park hike!

love the hiking trails

really beautiful experience you can stand at the edge of the river and look over into Canada

8 months ago

it was a nice run even with snow

nature trips
Sun Sep 30 2018

Very nice scenic walk. However, because it is surrounded by playgrounds and athletic fields the Tranquil ambience was ruined for me by so many outside noises. Definitely will try it again, but recommend avoiding it on weekends and holidays.

Nice neighborhood park.

Sat Sep 22 2018

Nice walk along the waterfront with views of Detroit, MI. Busy walk with lots of people.

Thu Aug 30 2018

Very overgrown and closed in. There were a lot of mosquitos. We turned back after the first trail. Not very kid friendly.

Tue Aug 14 2018

Awesome trail with something for everyone. Really neat wooded nature section with pretty side trails. Saw Eastern Grey Squirrels, Tree Swallows, Northern Flickers, Bluejays, possibly a Great Crested Flycatcher, and more. In addition to the nature area, this trail passes a half pipe and bike jump course, basketball courts/baseball diamond, playgrounds, large trees, and more. Really diverse and always something to see. So glad I keep finding these cool places in the middle of urban/neighborhood areas. Nice thing about the mile loop is that you can keep track of your miles manually every time you "pass go". Unfortunately you do not also get $200. Haha! Had a great time.

Flat an easy run. Views of Detroit river were pleasing.

I mean, it’s located in the city, so you can’t complain too much. I suggest sticking close to the water edge and find the foot trails through the tall grasses.

All flat land, beautiful views of the surrounding waters. Went mid afternoon (1:30 pm EST), where the high sun really baked us. lots of branching paths leading to areas of lagoon to launch kayak from, or just chill out on the bank.

Absolutely gorgeous. Surrounded entirely by water with multiple hidden away cozy places to read.

Sun Dec 24 2017

Belle Isle is a superb getaway inside Detroit. Except for the closing of one end of the island for a month each year for the Grand Prix and my impatience waiting as the state eventually repairs and renovates all aspects of the park, most of the island is a great set of fields, gathering places, views of Detroit and Windsor, space for walks/jogs/bike rides, and occasional planned activities. The museum fills a nice hour, and the greenhouse and garden are maintained beautifully. The fountain and casino building are great for photos. The walk out to the lighthouse and on the trails across the little bridge is pretty, pleasant, and excellent for a lazy picnic or nap with a book. Watch the sunset, watch the variety of people, and watch the big container ships as you escape the hubbub of the city for a while.

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