Indian Springs Metropark


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Indian Springs Metropark

Indian Springs Metropark of Oakland County, Michigan

Photo by Phil Seng:

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Trail Distance:

17 miles long with many loops ranging in size from 0.3 to 8 miles long.

Directions:

From Pontiac, take M-59 to Teggerdine Road. Turn right (north) and proceed to White Lake Road. Turn left (west) and continue about 1 mile to the park entrance on the right.

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Trail Description:

Located in the headwaters of the Huron River, this park preserves a large piece of the Huron Swamp. The majority of the habitat here is marshland and swamp forest, but there also are meadows, brushy old fields, and upland forests. An 8-mile, barrier-free, hike-bike trail shows visitors a beautiful cross-section of Indian Springs, while a 6-mile network of hiking trails waits for those who want to explore individual habitats a little closer. Stop at the nature center for a map of the trail system and other materials.

Wildlife Viewing:

Excellent probability of viewing common wetland wildlife such as muskrats, herons, and wood ducks almost anywhere along the trail system. Deer may also be seen from the trails at dawn and dusk. From mid-April through June, look for the intricate blossoms of showy lady-s slippers, trout lilies, trilliums, and other wildflowers in the nature study area. Two carnivorous or meat-eating plants—the sundew and the pitcher plant—are common in the bog area near Timberland Lake. These unusual plants trap and digest insects to help them survive in the nutrient-poor bog habitat. Please do not pick or damage plants in this fragile wetland community.

Facilities and Opportunities:

  • Restrooms – 3 regular, 2 pit toilets.
  • Trails – 6 miles of easy, self-guided trails.
  • Picnic – Two locations, the Nature Center and Meadowlark Picnic Area.
  • Visitor Center – Summer hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; School year hours 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. Park open 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily, year-round.
  • Cross-country Skiing – Four easy trails. No rental equipment on site.
  • Drinking Water – Two locations
  • Entry Fee - Motor vehicle permit required for entry.
  • Bicycling – Paved trails.
  • Barrier Free – All areas are barrier free

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