Fox Nature Preserve – A First Look

Fox Nature Preserve entrance sign


“We need the tonic of wildness.” That timeless 1876 quote of Henry David Thoreau is increasingly important today for those of us that seek peaceful places to hike and embrace the ways of nature. Nature-embracing is an endless need of mine that will never go away. Now that crisp days and frosty nights are accelerating the artistry of Mother Nature and creating a kaleidoscope of brilliant colors, that need grows stronger.

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Dog Parks in Oakland County

Dog plays with owner at Orion Oaks Dog Park

Looking for a fun place to spend time with your pup? You’re in luck! Oakland County offers a variety of dog parks for you and your furry friend to have a great time playing, socializing, and exercising. View all the dog parks in Oakland County below on our new interactive map, or checking out our list of parks.

Map of dog parks in Oakland County

Farmington Hills

William Grace Dog Park (Farmington and Farmington Hills residents only)
29040 Shiawassee Road,  48336


Ferndale Dog Park (residents only)
Hilton Road, just south of Nine Mile Road, 48220

Hazel Park

Hazel Park Dog Park
Couzens Avenue, 48030

Lake Orion

Orion Oaks Dog Park
1200 Joslyn Road, 48360

Madison Heights

Red Oaks Dog Park
31353 Dequindre, 48071


Milford Dog Park
Adjacent to Milford Trail, near General Motors Road trailhead and parking lot


Novi Dog Park
42390 Nick Lidstrom Drive, 48375

Pleasant Ridge

Pleasant Ridge Dog Park (residents only)
north end of Gainsboro Park, 48069

Royal Oak

Mark Twain Dog Park
4600 N Campbell Road, 48067

Shelby Township

Stony Creek Metropark
4300 Main Park Road, 48316


Daisy Knight Dog Park
3410 Livernois, 48084

West Bloomfield

West Bloomfield Dog Park (residents only)
5911 Halsted Road, 48322


Lyon Oaks Dog Park
52221 Pontiac Trail, 48393

Do you know of any other pet parks in the Oakland County area? Let us know by contacting us at or leaving a comment below.

Photo courtesy of Oakland County Parks and Recreation.

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Oakland Transit Millage on Nov. 8 Ballot

SMART shuttle buses with graphic that reads "Vote Nov. 8" and "Oakland Transit"

Did you know that an Oakland Transit Millage will appear on the Nov. 8 ballot?

The countywide 0.95 mill proposal will replace the millage that supports the SMART bus system that is levied in 24 communities, and it will provide funding to three local transit providers – North Oakland Transportation Authority (NOTA), Western Oakland Transportation Authority (WOTA), and the Older Persons Commission (OPC) in the Rochester area.

SMART provides more than 3.9 million rides annually to residents in Oakland, Wayne, and Macomb counties and in the last year, has provided more than 115,000 reservation and app-based rides in Oakland County alone.

Pontiac Councilman Mikal Goodman talks about how he used public transit to get back and forth from work and school:

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Spooky Spots in Oakland County

Entrance to Erebus haunted house

Oakland County is full of haunted houses, spooky trails, and scary events to get your fill of fright this season! Whether you’re looking to scream, heighten your heartbeat, or have fun with your friends and family, Oakland County is the place to be.

Use our interactive map and list below to find a spooky spot near you. Interested in something a little less frightening? Check out our 2022 Oakland County Fall Fun list or our Cider Mills list. Using them, you’ll find the perfect place for cider, donuts and activities for a not-so-spooky fall day.

map of spooky spots in Oakland County
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Fall Fun in Oakland County

Kids in Halloween costumes

This fall, participate in the magical, mysterious, and spooky excitement of Halloween by attending any one of the family-friendly events across Oakland County! From hayrides and pumpkin-picking, to trick-or-treating and solving corn mazes, there’s no shortage of great activities for residents of all ages to enjoy this holiday season. To see the full list of events near you, click the button below:

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