Trails

Orange Trail

Open season: Open year round. Walking, snow shoeing and cross-country skiing. Not open to biking or horseback riding.
Length: 0.5 miles
Location of trail: Humbug Marsh Unit, look for #3 on the wayfinding signs
Surface: Gravel and boardwalk
Difficulty: ADA compliant
Information: This trail begins over the bridge behind the John D. Dingell Jr. Visitor Center. Enjoy views of the lower Detroit River from two observation decks - one resembles a giant eagle’s nest - and benches along the trail. The trail is wide, level and constructed to encourage little ones to run ahead of the family group. An education shelter is located midway on the trail route. School groups on field trips can routinely be found here.

Green Trail

Open season: Open year round. Walking, snow shoeing and cross-country skiing. Not open to biking or horseback riding.
Length: Approximately 2.25 miles from the visitor center and back
Location of trail: Humbug Marsh Unit, look for #8 on the wayfinding signs
Surface: Dirt with wooden planks over wet areas
Difficulty: Fairly easy with benches for resting and enjoying the views. The trail can become extremely muddy during spring and after rain events.
Information: This trail gets you into the heart of the Humbug Marsh Unit, where you can try wrapping your arms around old oak trees that are more than 300 years old and enjoy the views of the lower Detroit River and northern Lake Erie. The trail is flat, with the exception of getting onto the berm along the Handler Drain.

Bayview Trail at Gibraltar Bay Unit

Open season: Open year round. Walking, snow shoeing and cross-country skiing. Not open to biking or horseback riding.
Length: 0.35 miles
Location of trail: Gibraltar Bay Unit (288028 East River Road, Grosse Ile, Michigan 48138)
Surface: Dirt 
Difficulty: Easy
Information: This flat trail will take you from the parking lot through the forest before opening up to stunning vistas of Gibraltar Bay. A few overlooks and benches are provided for rest breaks or just relaxing.

Fix Unit Dike Top

Open season: Open year round. Walking, snow shoeing and cross-country skiing. Not open to biking or horseback riding.
Length: 1.3 miles
Location of trail: Fix Unit - end of Langton Road in Monroe County
Surface: Gravel
Difficulty: Easy
Information: This flat trail flows the earthen dike tops that are used to manipulate water levels within the unit. Views of Swan Creek and Enrico Fermi Nuclear Generating Station’s cooling towers can be seen along the trail.
 

Humbug Marsh Green Trail

This trail gets you into the heart of the Humbug Marsh Unit, where you can try wrapping your arms around old oak trees that are more than 300 years old and enjoy the views of the lower Detroit River and northern Lake Erie. The trail is flat, with the exception of getting onto the berm along the Handler Drain.This is a fairly easy hike with benches for resting and enjoying the views. The trail can become extremely muddy during spring and after rain events.Open year round, Thursday through SundayWalking, snow shoeing and cross-country skiing. Not open to biking or horseback riding.
Trail Length (mi)
1.56
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / introductory
Easy
Route Type
Lollipop
Trail Activities
Cross-country skiing
Snowshoeing
Wildlife watching
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Humbug Marsh Orange Trail

This trail begins over the bridge behind the John D. Dingell Jr. Visitor Center. Enjoy views of the lower Detroit River from two observation decks - one resembles a giant eagle’s nest - and benches along the trail. The trail is wide, level and constructed to encourage little ones to run ahead of the family group. An education shelter is located midway on the trail route. School groups on field trips can routinely be found here.Open year round, Thursday through Sunday - Walking, snow shoeing and cross-country skiing. Not open to biking or horseback riding.
Trail Length (mi)
0.43
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / introductory
Easy
Trail Activities
Cross-country skiing
Snowshoeing
Wildlife watching
Suitability
Kid friendly
Wheelchair friendly
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Gibraltar Bay Trail

Trail Length (mi)
0.70
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Visitor Center Trail

Trail Length (mi)
0.12
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Greenway Trail

This flat trail flows the earthen dike tops that are used to manipulate water levels within the unit. Views of Swan Creek and Enrico Fermi Nuclear Generating Station’s cooling towers can be seen along the trail.Open year round - Walking, snow shoeing and cross-country skiing. Not open to biking or horseback riding.
Trail Length (mi)
1.35
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / introductory
Easy
Route Type
Out & back
Trail Activities
Cross-country skiing
Snowshoeing
Wildlife watching
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Visitor Center Paved Trail

Trail Length (mi)
0.13
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