20 places to take a hike within driving distance of Detroit

Sometimes you just need to be one with nature.

We're a digitally connected society, and sometimes going for a walk in the woods or on a cool trail is just what we need to reset.

Here are 20 places to go for a hike that aren't that far from Detroit.
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Waterloo Recreation Area
16345 McClure Rd., Chelsea; 734-475-8307; dnr.state.mi.us
Waterloo Recreation Area is the largest park in the Lower Peninsula. This park is home to the DTE Energy Foundation Trail, which is described as a cutting-edge, sustainable trail open to biking, trail running, and hiking.
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Waterloo Recreation Area

16345 McClure Rd., Chelsea; 734-475-8307; dnr.state.mi.us

Waterloo Recreation Area is the largest park in the Lower Peninsula. This park is home to the DTE Energy Foundation Trail, which is described as a cutting-edge, sustainable trail open to biking, trail running, and hiking.
Willow Metropark
23200 S. Huron Rd., New Boston; 734-697-9181; metroparkscom/parks/willow-metropark
More than 1,531 beautiful acres of mature woodlands, scenic 17-acre Washago Pond and the picturesque Huron River await you at Willow Metropark in New Boston. There's golf and disc golf, too, and opportunities for fishing, and hiking and biking along the park's 4.5 mile trail.
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Willow Metropark

23200 S. Huron Rd., New Boston; 734-697-9181; metroparkscom/parks/willow-metropark

More than 1,531 beautiful acres of mature woodlands, scenic 17-acre Washago Pond and the picturesque Huron River await you at Willow Metropark in New Boston. There's golf and disc golf, too, and opportunities for fishing, and hiking and biking along the park's 4.5 mile trail.
Kensington Metropark
4570 Huron River Pkwy., Milford; 810-227-8910; metroparks.com/parks/kensington-metropark
Kensington Metropark surrounds Kent Lake and offers abundant wildlife, waterfowl, and wooded hiking areas.
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Kensington Metropark

4570 Huron River Pkwy., Milford; 810-227-8910; metroparks.com/parks/kensington-metropark

Kensington Metropark surrounds Kent Lake and offers abundant wildlife, waterfowl, and wooded hiking areas.
Wolcott Mill Metropark
65775 Wolcott Rd., Ray; 586-752-5932; metroparkscom/parks/wolcott-mill-metropark
This Metropark offers a 4.25 mile long HIke-Bike trail and three rustic trails.
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Wolcott Mill Metropark

65775 Wolcott Rd., Ray; 586-752-5932; metroparkscom/parks/wolcott-mill-metropark

This Metropark offers a 4.25 mile long HIke-Bike trail and three rustic trails.
Hudson Mills Metropark
8801 N. Territorial Rd., Dexter; 734-426-8211; metroparks.com/parks/hudson-mills-metropark
Hudson Mills Metropark, which is about 12 miles from Ann Arbor, is a perfect spot for bass anglers, picnic lovers, and anyone looking to escape to serene woods and waters.
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Hudson Mills Metropark

8801 N. Territorial Rd., Dexter; 734-426-8211; metroparks.com/parks/hudson-mills-metropark

Hudson Mills Metropark, which is about 12 miles from Ann Arbor, is a perfect spot for bass anglers, picnic lovers, and anyone looking to escape to serene woods and waters.
Indian Springs Metropark
5200 Indian Trail, White Lake; 248-625-6640; metroparks.com/parks/indian-springs-metropark
Indian Springs boasts hiking trails running through the virtually untouched land along the Huron River, encompassing more than 2,215 acres of wooded wetlands and meadows, home to red foxes and wildflowers.
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Indian Springs Metropark

5200 Indian Trail, White Lake; 248-625-6640; metroparks.com/parks/indian-springs-metropark

Indian Springs boasts hiking trails running through the virtually untouched land along the Huron River, encompassing more than 2,215 acres of wooded wetlands and meadows, home to red foxes and wildflowers.
Lake Erie Metropark
32481 W. Jefferson, Brownstown; 734-379-5020; metroparks.com/parks/lake-erie-metropark
This 1,607 acre Metropark has a three mile trail for hiking and a paved trail for biking.
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Lake Erie Metropark

32481 W. Jefferson, Brownstown; 734-379-5020; metroparks.com/parks/lake-erie-metropark

This 1,607 acre Metropark has a three mile trail for hiking and a paved trail for biking.
Highland Recreation Area
5200 Highland Rd.., White Lake.; 248-889-3750; dnr.state.mi.us
Highland Recreation Area is over 5,000 acres of forest and marshes with trails for hikers, equestrians, and bikers.
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Highland Recreation Area

5200 Highland Rd.., White Lake.; 248-889-3750; dnr.state.mi.us

Highland Recreation Area is over 5,000 acres of forest and marshes with trails for hikers, equestrians, and bikers.
Palmer Park 
910 Merrill Plaisance St., Detroit; 313-757-2751; peopleforpalmerpark.orgThis is one of the rare opportunities to escape the city without actually crossing Eight Mile Road. Historic Palmer Park comprises 296 acres of lawns and historic woodlands, as well as tennis courts, splash park, and hiking-biking trails.
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Palmer Park

910 Merrill Plaisance St., Detroit; 313-757-2751; peopleforpalmerpark.org

This is one of the rare opportunities to escape the city without actually crossing Eight Mile Road. Historic Palmer Park comprises 296 acres of lawns and historic woodlands, as well as tennis courts, splash park, and hiking-biking trails.
Cherry Hill Nature Preserve
6375 Cherry Hill Rd; Superior Charter Twp.
From wetlands, woods, and meadows, Cherry Hill has a 1.6-mile loop set in a wooded forest with a trail system that supports hiking, walking, and nature trips.
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Cherry Hill Nature Preserve

6375 Cherry Hill Rd; Superior Charter Twp.

From wetlands, woods, and meadows, Cherry Hill has a 1.6-mile loop set in a wooded forest with a trail system that supports hiking, walking, and nature trips.