Metroparks launch summer-long trail program

Bikers ride the trail at Lower Huron Metropark in this archive photo.

Article submitted by The Huron-Clinton Metroparks — posted May 4, 2023

You’ll find over 400 miles of trails at the Huron-Clinton Metroparks, including 55 miles of paved hike-bike trails with some connecting to trails outside of the Metroparks. From paved trails to nature tails to rustic trails, the Metroparks include endless opportunities for walking, running, hiking, biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, roller blading, paddling, mountain biking, handcycling, fat tire biking and so much more.

Being active in the Metroparks reduces health care costs for adults an average of $1,250 per year and reduces health care costs for adults over 64 years of age an average of $2,500 per year (reported in third-party economic benefits study in 2020). This year the Metroparks have announced a way to get active and experience the Metroparks trails by participating in the Metroparks Trail Challenge. The Trail Challenge allows you to log miles, enjoy the parks, and meet your trail goals. This is a fun way to explore the Metroparks trails and stay active outdoors on your own time and at your own pace.

The Trail Challenge will run from May 1 to September 30. Register by September 23, set your trail goal and visit any Metropark trails to hike, bike, run, roll, or paddle your way to meet your trail goal. Log your miles on the online leaderboard and add selfies of your trail adventure.

Now for the best part … the incentives!
Registration is now open and includes a custom water bottle and passport book! But you can earn even more incentives.
When you visit all 13 parks and hit a designated Challenge Trail in each, you’ll earn additional incentives. These specific challenge trails have a signage kiosk along them, where you take a selfie to upload with your miles to the leaderboard. Each Challenge Trail you visit earns you a special badge on the online leaderboard.

Earn three badges and you will receive a custom Metroparks insulated lunch bag. Earn all 13 badges and you will receive a 2024 Metroparks Annual Vehicle Pass so you can keep exploring the trails for another year.

Date: May 1 – September 30
Ages: 5 and up.
Cost: $25 per person
Location: All 13 Metroparks

Consider all the ways you can participate:

  • With family and friends
  • By walking your dog
  • Challenging your coworkers and employees to see who can log more miles
  • Or just by yourself

However you choose to participate, learn more and join the Trail Challenge at


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