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Trail Activities

Trails & Pathways throughout Oakland County provide for activities such as hiking & biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, paddle sports, and inline skating.   

Bike & Hike Heart-healthy activities that encourage family communication and offer opportunities for outdoor learning. Walk, jog, skate or hike miles of natural and paved trails at Addison Oaks, Groveland Oaks, Highland Oaks, Independence Oaks, Lyon Oaks, Orion Oaks, Rose Oaks and Waterford Oaks. Ride or stroll through nature, taking in plenty of fresh air and enjoying a beautiful scenic route. 

Horseback Riding Enjoy the outdoors by going horseback riding. Trails are available at Addison Oaks, Highland Oaks and Rose Oaks; also at various other parks, trails, and stables in the county.

Cross-Country Ski Get ready for a winter adventure by going cross-country skiing available at:

  • Independence Oaks: groomed and marked trails, plus ski rentals and warming area.
  • Addison Oaks, Highland Oaks, Rose Oaks, Orion Oaks and Lyon Oaks: marked trails (not groomed) for those with their own equipment.
  • Glen Oaks and White Lake Oaks Golf Courses: unmarked trails (ungroomed) for those with their own equipment. No warming areas.

Paddle Sports Try canoeing or kayaking on Oakland County's beautiful water trails!

Inline Skating Always summer fun! Enjoy skating on paved trails at Addison Oaks, Groveland Oaks, Independence Oaks, Lyon Oaks, and Waterford Oaks. Paved trails that are part of the Oak Routes Trail Network include the Huron Valley Trail, Lakes Community Trail, the M-5/ I-275 Metro Trail, the Milford Trail, and portions of the Clinton River Trail.


The following County Parks, except for Groveland Oaks, are open year-round. Hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset, unless otherwise posted.

PARK ENTRY FEES required for all locations except Waterford Oaks.

Addison Oaks
1480 West Romeo Road, near Oxford

More than 20 miles of scenic hiking trails begin between the Beachfront Pavilion and concession building and head west of Adams Lake, the conference center and contact station. Buhl Lake Trail, a 2.5 mile, paved multi-use trail, is accessible near the concession building. Note: Buhl Lake Trail is not cleared of snow in winter. Equestrian trails are also available.

Groveland Oaks
14555 Dixie Highway, north and west of Grange Hall Road, Holly
Open May - September

Hike, walk or roll on the three-quarter-mile paved Thread Creek Trail.

Highland Oaks
6555 Milford Road, north of White Lake Road, Highland Township

Park is undeveloped. Hiking, mountain biking and cross-country skiing are allowed on almost 2.5 miles of mowed trail.

Independence Oaks
9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston

Hike more than 14.4 miles of challenging trails rated among Michigan's best trails by 50 Hikes in Lower Michigan travel book.   The 1.4-mile Hawk's View and the 2.2-mile River Loop Trail are multi-use trails that may be used for walking, jogging, cycling and inline skating. Walkers and joggers can access the park's non-paved trails from various points along Hawk's View. Note: Hawk's View and River Loop are not cleared of snow in winter.

The All-Visitors Trail, adjacent to the boathouse, is a 1/4 mile asphalt accessible path featuring an observation deck overlooking Crooked Lake. This trail and the Habitat Trail near the nature center are open for hiking year-round.

Note: Cyclists and inline skaters prohibited on unpaved, natural trails.

Lyon Oaks
52251 Pontiac Trail, between Wixom Road and Old Plank Road, Wixom

By June of 2014, hike nearly 6 miles of easy, flat, crushed stone and dirt trails that traverse wet forests and open meadows.

Orion Oaks
2301 Clarkston Road, between Baldwin and Joslyn roads, Orion Township

Take a leisurely stroll on a network of 13 miles of marked trails or try the hiking achievement trail. Trailheads at Baldwin and Clarkston roads parking lots. (No roadside parking allowed)

Red Oaks Nature Center
30300 Hales St., Madison Heights

Named after long-time Madison Heights mayor and Oakland County commissioner, the George W. Suarez Friendship Woods offers a 1.3-mile paved trail in a Michigan Natural Features Inventory Priority Three Conservation Area. A vehicle permit, either a Daily or Annual, is required for parking. Can be purchased at Red Oaks Golf Course or Red Oaks Dog Park.

Rose Oaks
1132 Fish Lake Road, Rose Township

Nearly five miles of winding trails starting from Fish Lake Trailhead lead to quiet, isolated lakes and wetlands. Some hills provide a challenge most of the trails are gently rolling. Parking on Buckhorn Road and Fish Lake Road.

Waterford Oaks
1702 Scott Lake Road, Waterford

An asphalt trail parallels the road to Lookout Lodge and loops through wooded areas; or start at the Court Games Complex and hike the woods on a marked trail composed of crushed stone, wood chips and packed earth. Total trail miles is 3.3. Trailheads are located at Court Games Complex and Pine Grove Picnic area. No entry fee for trail use.