Oakwoods Metropark is a 1,700-acre unit of the Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority, which oversees a system of thirteen parks along the watersheds of the Huron and Clinton Rivers. Oakwoods includes a stretch of the Huron River just upstream from the Flat Rock Dam. Here the Huron is a sluggish waterway filled with marshy islands and small bayous, a perfect place for waterfowl and bird life to gather.
Most of the river lies in a 400-acre Nature Study Area that features a nature center and is accessed by four interpretive trails, ranging from 700 feet in length to 2 miles. Other trails in the park include a 3-mile segment of the paved hike-bike trail that winds 15 miles through Lower Huron, Oakwoods and Willow Metroparks and a mile-long marked canoe route called Walk-in-Water Trail.
Overall the terrain at Oakwoods is flat and much of it open, grassy meadows, making hiking and cycling easy. But the interpretive trails wind through a wood lot along the Huron River for a far more scenic walk and one that appeals to young children.
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