Travel Diaries: Kensington Metropark – Milford, Michigan

According to the calendar summer officially arrived on Friday, and I couldn\’t be more excited. With summer officially here mother nature decided to be a doll and hold off on the rain (we are at 117+ days of rain in metro Detroit right now and on day 173 of the year), so us Detroiters could finally enjoy the outdoors.

One of my favorite things to do is get out and explore, especially on a bike. This time I skipped my usual spots and did some exploring about an hour away in Milford, Michigan. Milford is about 2.5 square miles and is a cute little town filled with plenty of history located in southwest Oakland County. The Village of Milford has six parks within its boundaries. Located on the banks of the Huron River you will find Central Park, a favorite of teens and children alike – featuring a playscape, tennis court, basketball courts, volleyball court, and ice rink. Fairgrounds Park is adjacent to the Senior Center and is perfect for picnics or a game of shuffleboard. Hubbell Pond Park can be found on the site of the YMCA and the Library. Finally, you can find a trail system that runs from Commerce Road to Kensington Park on South Milford Road.

We decided to bike around Kensington Metropark, which is just 10 minutes south of downtown Milford and features a 4,481-acre park. Kensington Metropark is one of the 13 parks you can visit with a Huron-Clinton Metropark pass. The 8.5-mile trail around Kensington is an amazing workout. This trail features plenty of rolling terrains, steep hills, and gorgeous scenery. We even saw an Osprey nest with baby Osprey which was really neat to see. One thing I really loved about Kensington Metropark is you\’re up close and personal with nature in its own habitat. If you want to become one with nature and get a great workout I highly recommend taking a little trip out to Kensington Metropark, and while you\’re out there don\’t forget to cruise around Milford.

What you\’ll find at Kensington Metropark:

  • Biking on an 8.5-mile rolling terrain trail circling Kent Lake
  • 3 hiking trails – one 8.5 mile paved trail, a 2.5-mile nature trail and another nature trail that offers a 1.5 forested walk at Spring Hill Picnic Area
  • Boat rental of paddle boats, kayaks, and rowboats
  • 18-hole regulation golf course
  • 24-hole disc golf course
  • Nature Center
  • Farm Learning Center
  • Picnic areas
  • Swimming at Martindale and Maple Beaches
  • Boating and launching from 16 ramps at two locations
  • 93 boat slips available for rental
  • Island Queen II, a 37-passenger pontoon boat offers hourly summer trips
  • Bird watching opportunities
  • Fishing for bass, northern pike, bluegill, walleye, perch and more
  • Fitness trail has 20 stations
  • Group camping
  • 10 miles of equestrian trails with your own horse
  • Splash \’N Blast water slide and spray park
  • Cross-country skiing on more than 12 miles of groomed trails (winter)
  • Ice skating rinks for skating and hockey (winter)
  • Ice fishing (winter)
  • Sledding and tobogganing (winter)

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