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Oakwoods Metropark: Nature Trails

Trail Details

County
Wayne
Regions
Southeast
Latitude
N 42° 06' 51.48"
Longitude
W 083° 21' 25.92"
Distance
700 feet to 1 mile
Trail Type
Foot path
Terrain
Forest, Huron River
Difficulty
Easy
Nearest City or Town
New Boston
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Besides Long Bark Nature Trail, Oakwoods Metropark has three other short interpretive paths that begin at the nature center; Big Tree Nature Trail (0.75-mile), Sky-Come-Down Nature Trail (1 mile) and Split Log Trail (700 feet).
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Besides Long Bark Nature Trail, Oakwoods Metropark has three other short interpretive paths that begin at the nature center; Big Tree Nature Trail (0.75-mile), Sky-Come-Down Nature Trail (1 mile) and Split Log Trail (700 feet).

Amenities & Services
Difficulty - Easy
Dog Friendly
Foot Path
Trail Guide

 

Big Tree Nature Trail is a 0.75-mile loop through a woods that features a large number of hardwoods that have been identified. The interpretive brochure corresponds to 11 posts along the trail and halfway through the hike you cross a post-glacial sand bar.

Sky-Come-Down Nature Trail is a mile-long loop through woods, a field and the edge area that separates them. Along the way you skirt a three-acre pond that often attracts a variety of wildlife.

Split Log Trail is a short, 700-foot long, all-weather path designed to meet the needs of people with wheelchairs, other accessibility problems or even mothers with baby strollers.

Facilities

Oakwoods has picnic areas with tables, grills and shelters and a Voyageur Canoe that is used for naturalist-led paddles on the Huron River.

Oakwoods Nature Center is a good introduction to any day in the park. There are several excellent hands-on displays inside as well as exhibits of live animals. One of the exhibits is a huge turtle pond where more than a dozen turtles will be lazily swimming through the water or climbing onto a large rock to sun themselves under a heat lamp. In addition to the live animals on display, you can peer into a wasp nest nearly three feet long or stop at the wildlife viewing room to watch birds at the birdfeeder.

Hours & Fees

The park is open from 8 a.m. to dusk daily and the nature center is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.. daily in the summer. During the school year the hours at the center changes to 1-5 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. There is a vehicle permit fee is required to enter the park.

Directions

The park is located in the southeast corner of Wayne County and is reached from I-275 by departing at exit 13 and heading east on Sibley Road. Turn south (right) on Huron River Drive and follow it 4 miles to Willow Drive. The park entrance is just west on Willow Drive. It’s a 2-mile drive along the park road to the parking lot and nature center.

Information

Contact the Oakwoods Nature Center (734-72-3956), the park headquarters (800-477-3182) or the Metroparks Authority at (800-477-2757) or www.metroparks.com.

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