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Nature Trails in Ann Arbor, MI

1. Argo Nature Area

The Argo Canoe Livery

Featuring over 22 acres to explore, Argo Park is a must visit destination this summer. Located on the east side of Huron River, this walk offers a wide variety of sights and varying difficulties in trails. Don’t feel like walking? Hit up the Argo Canoe Livery to rent kayaks, tubes or canoes to travel up the Huron.

2. Matthaei Botanical Gardens/Nichols Arboretum

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Crafted in 1907, this two century old arboretum features exotic trees, shrubs and flowers among other vegetation.  This famous University of Michigan landmark can be accessed in three locations:

  1. Geddes Avenue: Here, you can overlook the entire garden and North campus from a commanding view at the top.
  2. Washington Heights: This is where the Guest Center is located which includes a small gift shop, concessions, and tour information.
  3. River Entry: You can also enter from the Huron River and dock your kayaks, canoes, or other watercraft while touring the gardens.

3. Barton Nature Area

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Split into two sections, Oxbow and Foster, Barton Nature Area is over 100 acres large and filled with various landscapes. If you want to view a beautiful plain landscape, take a trail through Oxbow for the day. Looking for a woodland route? Foster is your place to explore this summer.

4. Bird Hills Nature Area 

Bird Hills Nature Center Trail

Last but not least, the largest park in Ann Arbor is a walking only (no bikes!) park that covers over 150 acres of nature. There are five different trails to take this summer at Bird Hills where you will see a variety of vegetation including wildflowers, oaks, sugar maples and more.

5. Leslie Science and Nature Center


Founded & focused on educating/inspiring children to discover their local natural environment, the Leslie Science and Nature Center is the perfect place to take your young ones this summer.

6. Dhu Varren Woods

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A 13-acre park located on the north side of Ann Arbor, Dhu Varren is “the” place to go when looking for a nice hike featuring birding, a wide variety of trees and a wetland area.

7. Lillie Park

A southern Ann Arbor favorite. Lillie Park offers a lake, 2 ponds, a boardwalk, sports fields plus asphalt, and both wood-chip & limestone trails.

8. Dolph Nature Area

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On Ann Arbor’s west side, ​​Dolph Nature Area is a 57-acre park with two fishing ponds and numerous unpaved trails. This park contains the only naturally formed lakes in Ann Arbor. The two lakes, First and Second Sister Lakes, have platforms or docks and offer good fishing opportunities. Most areas of the woods are overgrown and some trails cut through shrubby areas. An overlook on the east side of the park, close to Parklake, provides a tranquil view of First Sister Lake.


Your favorite trail/walk didn’t make the list? Let us know where you like to hit the pavement in Ann Arbor in the comments below!

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