Highland Recreation Area: Haven Hill Natural Area Hike/Ski Trails
The principal trail in the Haven Hill Natural Area is a loop that encircles Haven Hill Lake with two cutoff spurs that create shorter trails. The entire loop is a 5.2-mile hike marked as the Green Trail. Slightly shorter is the 4.8-mile loop marked as the Blue Trail while the Red Trail is 2.15 miles.
Mountain bikes are banned from the system and during the winter the loops are popular cross-country ski trails when there is sufficient snow. The drawback is that equestrians share short segments of the system with hikers and Highland Recreation Area is extremely popular with horseback riders. Be prepared for a few horses on the weekends and a more than a few mounds of droppings in the middle of the trail.
Of the three loops, the Blue Trail is the most scenic and drier than the Green Trail, which is often wet between posts No. 3, No. 8 and No. 9.
All three loops begin at the Edsel Ford Barn parking area. When Ford built the 15,000-square foot barn in the early 1930s it was one of the largest east of the Mississippi River and could house 1,500 sheep. In 2008, two-thirds of the building was blown down by high winds in 2008, but the rest is being restored through the efforts of the Friends of Highland Recreation Area.
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