Looking for a great trail near Dexter, Michigan? AllTrails has 7 great hiking trails, walking trails, forest 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 Hudson Mills Metropolitan Park or Dexter Huron Metropark. Ready for some activity? There are 5 moderate trails in Dexter ranging from 1.6 to 13.5 miles and from 875 to 997 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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on Silver Lake Trail

hiking
16 days ago

The fall colors have started. The hills, and winding trails make for a wonderful hike. Found our geo cache along the way and learned some history at the stone fireplace and root cellar.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail to spend an hour on. Will definitely do it again!

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail. It was hot today so it was kind of rough but I had a amazing time.

Pleasant, pretty trail with rolling hills to add a little challenge. Mostly wooded, but crosses a few bridges over streams and a boardwalk over a fen, and passes Pickerel Lake and a small pond. The Blind Lake campground provides great places to sit for taking a break, and an outhouse. Entire trail is shared with mountain bikers.

backpacking
2 months ago

Great little loop for a quick overnight trip. There were a lot of mountain bikers and beware of poison ivy. Beautiful scenery and so close to home, definitely worth it!

hiking
bugs
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Fantastic hike! Periodic hills pump up the cardio and the scenery is beautiful. Trail is well marked and bugs weren't an issue yesterday. Lovely bridge overlooking the lake and stone fireplace & shed were great surprises. Highly recommend this trail!

there is no parking within a mile of the designated start. Instead go to where the "trail" leaves the road, there is a spot that can be parked in on the weekends. The end where the start is, is a residential neighborhood with no parking. I'd just skip it and call this a 3 mile loop instead.

hiking
4 months ago

Great little family hike. It's been very wet with lots of recent rain. Trail had only a few muddy spots.

A great little trail when you want to step away from life for a few minutes and enjoy the wilderness. There were a few spots where it was a little muddy and the bug started to pay a visit right about sundown but it was only worth it! Lots of birds and wilderness running around back here, very cool. Can’t wait to hit this trail again!

hiking
7 months ago

Conditions good for this time of year.

hiking
muddy
7 months ago

hiking
muddy
rocky
7 months ago

Hiked into Blind Lake the evening of 3/21, out the morning of 3/22. Trails were not as muddy as expected on way in - temp. was low-40s. Was one spot just before marker #5 that still had ice on the trail. Freezing temps and frost overnight froze the trails, so easy walk out. Blind Lake is beautiful spot to camp, if you don't mind noisy Sandhill Cranes during the night. The hike has plenty of elevation change for a Michigan hike and the trails are in good shape. My pics are geo-tagged on my track and higher resolution versions, plus a few more pics, are at https://johnmetzler.smugmug.com/Parks/Pinckney-State-Recreation-Area

hiking
blowdown
snow
8 months ago

First, a shout out to Robyn Watson for the warning/reminder about icy trails - glad I brought my HillSound spikes. Silver Lake is a nice little trail, although a bit short by itself. I added about 3.5 miles total by taking the Potawatomi up to Dead Lake and back to Pickerel. Other than the ice, trail was in great shape, as always. Nice thing about winter hikes is the paucity of bikes. I saw no other hikers, but saw footprints from 3 or 4 individuals on the Silver Lake trail. Someone had already cleaned up most of the blow down from last night's wind all along Silver Lake Trail; did some cleanup on the Poto to pay them back.

Pickerel parking. Icy short out & back. Def needed micro spikes!

Sat Sep 08 2018

Gorgeous trail. Shared it with lots of cyclists. The stone hearth and stone cellar from the 1800’d were a lovely surprise.

hiking
Sat Sep 08 2018

what a lovely trail!

hiking
Sun Aug 12 2018

Nice hike, some steep hills to walk up on occasion, but some very nice forest to walk through. I think the bridge by Pickerel Lake is the best view on this trail.

hiking
Tue Jun 05 2018

Nice trail and well marked.

mountain biking
Sun May 20 2018

Great trail for a beginner. Some pretty nice hills. Short ride. But a whole bunch of hikers. Just be aware.

All Trails does not accurately describe this trail. This is a paved bike trail. Not a hiking trail

Had problems locating the start of the trail the road said it was private. Once hooked up to the trail it was beautiful. Just what I needed. There was a marathon race going on & we did step aside for the racers. Even with that going on we still had a peaceful hike. Will definitely do this again.

hiking
Sat Nov 11 2017

The Potawatomi Half-Loop is a well maintained meander past 7 lakes with numerous bridges over streams and marshes. I went late fall - the colors were still nice, although rains the preceding week had taken down lots of leaves. It is mostly well-marked, particularly at intersections. At mile 1.8 on my GPS there is a side trail that takes you down to a wide trail next to Crooked Lake with great views - I didn't follow the wide trail, but it went out of sight both ways around the lake. At mile 7.8, at the Blind Lake campground, there is a water pump. At post 4, by Pickerel Lake, I cut back toward the Crooked Lake path, cutting about 2.5 miles off the hike (my tracks overstate trail length because I do so much back-and-forth taking pictures). I saw 3 hikers on the way out on the Crooked Lake part of the trail, 3 bikers on the Poto part of the trail, met another hiker (who was finishing off his Waterloo-Pinckney multi-day hike) after I leaving the Poto. As others have noted, there are places where the trail is narrow and, due to MTB usage, the track is a deep rut. Apart from not being my favorite type of trail, in places the rut is deep enough it would be hard to avoid an oncoming biker in some places. Hi-res versions of pictures at https://johnmetzler.smugmug.com/Parks

Trail overgrown, very buggy, few flowers.

Very crowded beech area. Also $6 entry free to park for county residents

mountain biking
Mon Jul 16 2012

great trail to ride with family, rode for an hour then went to the beach, very nice

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