Bear Creek Nature Park is a very attractive, easily assessable user-friendly park that’s almost hidden away in plain sight in the glacially sculpted rolling hills of Oakland Township. Unlike parks managed by our Metroparks and Oakland County Parks, permits are not needed to visit Bear Creek which is managed by Oakland Township Parks and Recreation. For more information on Bear Creek Park and other parks managed by Oakland Township Parks and Recreation, click here.

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Bear Creek Nature Park: Hike, Explore, Play, Refresh



“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into the trees. The wind will blow their own freshness into you and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.” Those words of John Muir fit my exploration of Bear Creek Nature Park last Friday afternoon. The temperature hovered just above the single digits, strong winds rustled dry oak leaves, and long-missing brilliant sunshine made snow sparkle.

Bear Creek is a publicly accessible 107-acre park that has been managed by the Parks and Recreation Commission of the Charter Township of Oakland since 1977. Parking permits are not required. There are no bears at Bear Creek, and Bear Creek is not a wilderness by any means, but the landscape has a rich history of farming and cattle grazing going back to European settlement in 1827. Continue reading