Autumn Beauty on an Oakland County Trail

A cement path winds down through a heavily wooded area. Foliage is turning from green to shades of yellow and orange. A deer stands near a tree and is almost hidden as its color blends in with the foliage around it.

As the leaves transition to shades of red, orange, and yellow, and the air gains a crisp autumn edge, there is no better time to venture along one of Oakland County’s many scenic trails. To find the best place to take a walk in nature, check out our list by clicking on the button below:

List of Nature Trails in Oakland County

You can also check out the Oakland County Trail Viewer, an interactive map developed by Oakland County’s award-winning GIS team. Each trail is marked using brown lines, while green icons represent parks. When a trail is selected, the map allows you to reference both its length and elevation. When users click on a park icon, its name, size, website, and other helpful information will appear.

From the paved paths at Groveland Oaks in Holly to the expansive trails at Waterford Oaks, you are sure to find the perfect nature trail for you using our list and interactive map.

Do you have a favorite trail in the Oakland County area? Let us know via Facebook or Twitter, by contacting us at socialmedia@oakgov.com, or leaving a comment below.


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Run Like the Wind in Oakland County This Fall

A group of runners jog down a paved path on a sunny fall day. The leaves on the trees at the edge of the trail are mostly green, just starting to change to fall colors.

Many say autumn is the best season to be a runner. Between cooler temperatures and leaves changing color, jogging outdoors during fall is a great experience! In fact, many folks fall in love with running and walking outside during this special time of year.

Take a look at our list of fall running events before you take a step outdoors. Signing up for a race today can help you stay motivated and engaged for the rest of the season. On our list, you’ll discover events for every skill level, including full marathons, mile walks, fun runs, and more.

List of Fall Running Events in Oakland County

Events include the Tender Turtle 5k in Lake Orion, Outrun Hunger in Commerce Township, and the Frightful 5K in Troy. Participating in these or any of the other happenings on our list is great for your entire body. To stay in tip-top shape while attending, be sure to follow these simple tips for safe running during the fall:

  • Dress appropriately. Wear layers, invest in proper footwear, and be sure to check the weather before heading out.
  • Stay hydrated. Water is the most important thing to bring with you on a walk, jog, or run; it keeps you energized and working hard.
  • Prepare for the end of daylight saving time. The clocks fall an hour back on November 4th, 2018.

Do you know of any other fall running events in the Oakland County area? Let us know via Facebook or Twitter, contact us at socialmedia@oakgov.com, or leave a comment below.


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Vote for Pontiac in the #VoteYourMainStreet Competition – The Only Finalist in Oakland County and Michigan!

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A nationally recognized historic district and thriving Pontiac, Michigan neighborhood needs your participation to win part of $2 million in funds from American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The funds will help revitalize this important historical neighborhood.

One of just 20 finalists across the United States, the GM Modern Housing Legacy Homes project stands to benefit from the Vote Your Main Street campaign, going on now through October 26th, 2018.

Participation is easy. Anyone passionate about preserving part of Michigan’s automotive heritage can simply visit voteyourmainstreet.org/pontiac to create a login and password, or connect through Facebook, and then vote every day—up to five times—to bring home the funds.

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Oakland County Twisters: A Historical Guide

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If you’re fascinated by weather, you’ll love our Tornadoes Map, created with data from local weather geek Matt Malone by Oakland County’s award-winning GIS team. It shows a limited history of the tornado paths and touchdown points, and their EF scale ratings, from 1953 – 2015. Go back to July of 1957, and view the path of an EF4 tornado that traveled 29.9 miles, almost all the way across the southern portion of Oakland County. In 1998, a funnel was spotted after having touched down near Otter Road and Sylvan Lake. It lifted without causing any damage – what a relief! Click on the map to learn more and get details on twisters that touched down here in the past.

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Haunted Halloween Fun & Fright Across Oakland County

Jack O' Lanterns lined up on a stone wall on dark, fall night in front of the Van Hoosen Museum in Rochester Hills, MI.

This Halloween, Oakland County is crawling with haunted houses, spooky trails, and scary events. Whether you’re looking to scream, heighten your heartbeat, or have fun with your friends and family, Oakland County is the place to be. To see the full list of scary events and locations, click on the button below:

List of Haunted Fun in Oakland County

Oakland County is home to one of Michigan’s most famous haunted attractions: Erebus, four floors of terrifying thrills and unforgettable moments in Pontiac. Other spooky locations are scattered across the county and include the Tunnel of Terror in Rochester, the Rotten Manor in Holly, and the Haunted Junction in Farmington.

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The time for fun and fright has arrived, and all of these haunted locations in Oakland County are filled with both! Enjoy your Halloween, and, if you’re searching for more fun this fall, take a look at our list of family-friendly events.

Do you know of any other haunted Halloween fun in the Oakland County area? Let us know via Facebook or Twitter, contact us at socialmedia@oakgov.com, or leave a comment below.


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