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Let's hike the nature center trails at Stoney Creek Metro Park

  • Stoney Creek Metro Park

    4300 Main Park Drive, Shelby Charter Township, MI (map)

    42.711037 -83.071503

  • We will meet inside the nature center
  • I believe there is only one entrance to the park. When you enter the park you take the road that goes around the lake. You can go either direction. When you get half way around the lake you should see signs that point you toward the Nature Center.

    According to the website there about 6 miles of trails. I believe this is a fairly easy hike with some hills. It's been a while since I've been there so I don't remember exactly. What I do remember is that is a beautiful place to hike. Last time I was there I saw some wild turkeys.

    Remember to dress for the weather. Drink water and snacks. This hike will only be canceled if it is raining or the roads are bad from snow.

    Nature Center website:

    http://www.metroparks.com/facilities-education/stony-creek-metropark-nature-center/

    Park Website:

    http://www.metroparks.com/parks/stony-creek-metropark/

    Park Map:

    http://www.metroparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/StonyCreekParkMap.pdf

    Stony Creek, the surrounding topography of Stony Creek Metropark, the nature study area and the Stony Creek watershed are the result of glaciations which occurred in this area approximately 10,000 years ago. Within the Nature Study Area are numerous examples of the ecosystems and habitats of Southeastern Michigan. The main branch of Stony Creek and its floodplain are within a few hundred feet of the Nature Center. Two large permanent woodland ponds, constructed adjacent to the creek very early in the history of the estate are only a short distance away. More than half of the one hundred acre north end of the lake is within the nature area as are a number of vernal ponds in woodland settings throughout the site.

    These aquatic features, as well as open meadows, old fields and woodlots are all traversed by a well planned, foot-traffic-only trail system. The staff maintains five-miles of interpretively labeled, self-guided nature trails. An additional thirteen-miles of non-labeled, self-discovery hiking trails are also available to the inquisitive visitor.

    With a visit to the Nature Center, you will see live snakes, frogs, turtles and fish, along with permanent and seasonal exhibits. Park interpreters conduct interesting hikes and other programs including paddling a 34-foot Voyageur canoe to learn about Stony Creek Lake. Trail maps and program information are available at the Nature Center or Park Office. Please contact the Nature Center at [masked]

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  • Pete

    I've been watching the weather report. There is snow in the forecast. If the roads are bad on Sunday morning this hike will be canceled and I will reschedule it for a later date. I will decide by 8 AM Sunday morning and post my decision.

    Yesterday

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