June is Great Outdoors Month, and it's a month that offers the perfect weather to get outside and enjoy all our amazing parks and trails here in Michigan. If you're looking for a place to enjoy some fresh air and exercise, our real estate agents have a few ideas. Check out the hiking trails in these amazing Brighton parks!
- Brighton Recreation Area - 6360 Chilson Rd, Howell, MI 48843
Spanning nearly 5,000 acres, Brighton Recreation Area is an incredible outdoor resource for Livingston County residents. With its rolling, wooded hills that surround a series of lakes and ponds, Brighton Recreation Area offers ample opportunities for hiking. More than 25 miles of trails are available to hikers and mountain bikers. One of the best hiking trails in the park is the Penosha Trail, which forms a 5-mile loop through the picturesque, wooded landscape. Brighton Recreation Area also offers overnight camping.
- Fillmore County Park - 7075 McClements Rd, Brighton, MI 48114
Opened to the public for the first time in 2020, Fillmore County Park occupies an 83-acre parcel of land that once belonged to local farmer Raymond Fillmore. Fillmore bequeathed the land to Livingston County in 2006 upon his death, and the county has followed through on his wishes that the land is transformed into a public park, complete with athletic fields and hiking trails. The newly-minted park offers a 5k (3.1-mile) natural surface hiking trail that traverses beautiful open meadowlands, which bloom throughout summer with an abundance of wildflowers.
- Island Lake Recreation Area - 6301 Kensington Rd, Brighton, MI 48116
The 4,000-acre Island Lake Recreation Area is best known for being one of the best fishing and boating destinations in the Brighton area. But it's a great place to go hiking too, with more than 50 miles of trails. The 2.9-mile loop known as the Magic Forest Trail, which traverses picturesque woodlands and encircles Trout Lake, is a great starting point. Most trails in the park are color-coded with various blazes (i.e. the "Blue Trail," Yellow Trail," etc.) which makes it easy to maintain your bearings as you explore.
- Pinckney Recreation Area - 8555 Silver Hill Rd, Pinckney, MI 48169
A vast, sprawling park that encompasses 11,000 acres, Pinckney Recreation Area is the largest park in Livingston County. It feels like true wilderness and is a haven for hikers, backpackers, and anglers. A highlight of Pinckney Recreation Area is the 17.6-mile Potawatomi Trail, which loops through spectacular forests of maple, oak, and hickory. The trail can be hiked in one long day, though many prefer to do it as an overnight weekend backpacking trip.
- Huron Meadows Metropark - 8765 Hammel Rd, Brighton, MI 48116
Consisting of a little over 1,500 acres of rolling meadows and forests, Huron Meadows Metropark is a beautiful outdoor getaway along the banks of the Huron River. It's especially popular in winter when its 18-plus miles of well-groomed trails attract snowshoers and cross-country skiers. But this park is equally attractive during the warmer months, and the trails are every bit as beautiful on foot, with the fields and forests in full bloom. The Sunset Ridge Picnic Area is a great place to start, with access to several trails that loop around Maltby Lake.
Contact us today to learn more about life in Brighton, MI, and the surrounding areas. Our real estate agents can't wait to help you find your dream home in Livingston County!