Celebrate National Trails Day on an Oakland County trail

Two people walking on trail at Catalpa Oaks County Park in Southfield

Oakland County and its surrounding areas offer miles and miles of trails for your fitness and enjoyment on National Trails Day, June 4! It’s the perfect time to get outside and take a stroll, jog through a park, bike with friends, kick up some dirt at Holly Oaks ORV Park, saddle up on a horse, or paddle down a river. Whether you’re looking to get some vitamin D, exercise, or just want to enjoy some quiet time with nature, there’s no shortage of trails to meet your needs in Oakland County.

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Carpenter Lake: Southfield’s Wildland Gem

Entrance sign at Carpenter Lake Nature Preserve

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

Oakland County communities, park agencies, and nature conservancies have a strong history of creating and protecting parks and trails that offer increased opportunities for healthy and sustainable livelihoods. That’s an excellent benefit of life in Oakland County, since it is well known that natural areas refresh us and breathe life into our cities. Even marginal spaces that are not connected to more expansive wildlands tend to make people happy, and happy people experience significantly higher well-being.

Today, we’re exploring a beautiful, urban natural space in Southfield with enticing trails.

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October Gold: Adventures and Situational Awareness

A view of tall trees in fall colors from across a body of water. Deep oranges, yellows, and green reflect brilliantly on top of the water.

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

October heralds the peak beauty of autumn’s colors; that alone makes this month special. We are in the season of crisp morning air, fast-moving clouds, clear night sky and the last blooms of meadow wildflowers. It’s a month of roaming raccoons, woolly bear caterpillar, owls hooting, coyotes yipping, hyper-active squirrels scurrying, restless bucks in rut and osprey departing. October means scarlet sky sunsets, first frost and sudden outbursts of short-lived snowflakes. October is truly the golden month for those that love nature’s way, and perhaps the very best time to hike and explore the wilder side of Oakland County. Continue reading