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Twelve miles northwest of Ann Arbor, Hudson Mills Metropark is a park that offers a great combination of serene waters and recreational spaces. One of Hudson Mills' main attractions is the historic Huron River that winds through the 1,549-acre park. This makes it a popular place for boaters, kayakers, and anglers who want to come to enjoy the river's gentle rapids. It is important to note that the majority of the canoe, kayak, and tubing trips, affiliated with the Huron-Clinton Metroparks begin here at Hudson Mills. The park hosts one of the main access points for kayak and canoe launching. For hikers and bikers, the park boasts a 3-mile paved loop trail that takes visitors through scenic woods and along the flowing waters. There is an option for a longer trail experience too! This is because the Hudson Mills Trail connects with the 5-mile West River Trail taking hikers and bikers on a route that ends in downtown Dexter.
Hudson Mills is one of Ann Arbor's more popular parks for group sports and family picnics. Families or groups looking to organize a gathering can take advantage of a children's play area and three picnic shelters. Consider a pick-up game of soccer or softball in the available fields. There are also basketball, volleyball, and shuffleboard courts. People interested in golf will appreciate two 24-hole disc golf courses and an 18-hole, par-71 golf course. Unique to Hudson Mills, these courses are a popular draw for visitors. In the winter, Hudson Mills provides miles of groomed cross-country ski trails. It is definitely one of the best local parks for year-round outdoor activities.
The Huron-Clinton Metroparks is a regional park system that requires a Metropark Motor Vehicle Entry Pass. A yearly pass gives you access to all 13 Huron-Clinton Metroparks. Visitors that just want to come to explore for the day can purchase a daily pass for $10 per vehicle or boat. Cyclists, hikers, or skaters can access the park for free if entering via the hiking and biking trails or at the main entry gate.
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