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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.

OAKLAND COUNTY PARKS - TRAILS

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
248-693-6432

More than 7.5 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
248-634-9811
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
248-625-0916

Park is undeveloped. Hiking, mountain biking and cross-country skiing are allowed on a 1.5 mile mowed trail.

Independence Oaks
9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston
248-625-0877

Hike more than 13 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
248-437-1488

Hike along 3.5 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
248-858-0906

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

Rose Oaks
1132 Fish Lake Road, Rose Township
248-858-0906

Nearly four 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
248-858-0906

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. Trailheads are located at Court Games Complex and Pine Grove Picnic area. No entry fee for trail use.

 


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