Spend some time alone in nature at these stunning Michigan hiking trails within driving distance of Detroit

Fresh air does the body good, they say, and Michigan is rife with indispensable nature and hiking trails. Put on some real pants and find solace at these 30 scenic trails, all of which are a short drive from Detroit.

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Hines Drive Ramble
Westland
The park Hines Drive runs through is a soothing retreat in an urban area. There are both paved and unpaved paths, and plenty of places to hang out in this sprawling park. Be careful not to go after a super rainy day!
Photo via Instagram user @nealiio, @nealaustinphotography
Hines Drive Ramble
Westland
The park Hines Drive runs through is a soothing retreat in an urban area. There are both paved and unpaved paths, and plenty of places to hang out in this sprawling park. Be careful not to go after a super rainy day!
Photo via Instagram user @nealiio, @nealaustinphotography
Bird Hills Trail
Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor's largest park and maybe the most densely forested. It's a hilly trail with plenty of wonderful views, and a serene getaway from the city.
Photo via Instagram user @deanna_lynnn
Bird Hills Trail
Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor's largest park and maybe the most densely forested. It's a hilly trail with plenty of wonderful views, and a serene getaway from the city.
Photo via Instagram user @deanna_lynnn
Novi Tree Farm Trail
Novi
Novi Tree Farm is a popular destination for biking, but is spread out into a variety of trails. The vegetation is lush and the wildlife pleasing. Dogs are welcome and Novi residents get in for free.
Photo via Instagram user @tiffsquire24
Novi Tree Farm Trail
Novi
Novi Tree Farm is a popular destination for biking, but is spread out into a variety of trails. The vegetation is lush and the wildlife pleasing. Dogs are welcome and Novi residents get in for free. Photo via Instagram user @tiffsquire24
Potawatomi Trail
Pinckney Recreation Area
This 17.5-mile round-trip loop is great for a hike and features many streams and lakes, including Halfmoon Lake, Blind Lake, and Watson Lake.
Photo via Instagram user @4boysandme_exploring
Potawatomi Trail
Pinckney Recreation Area
This 17.5-mile round-trip loop is great for a hike and features many streams and lakes, including Halfmoon Lake, Blind Lake, and Watson Lake. Photo via Instagram user @4boysandme_exploring
Lake Erie Metro Park Cherry Marsh Trail
Brownstown Charter Township
When you're not enjoying this nature center, beach, or any of the many other niceties offered there, you can take a hike on their marsh trail. Lake Erie Metro Park is more meadow-y than most of the areas listed here and is a popular bird-watching location. Plus, it's just a short drive from the city.
Photo via Instagram user @monsumomo
Lake Erie Metro Park Cherry Marsh Trail
Brownstown Charter Township
When you're not enjoying this nature center, beach, or any of the many other niceties offered there, you can take a hike on their marsh trail. Lake Erie Metro Park is more meadow-y than most of the areas listed here and is a popular bird-watching location. Plus, it's just a short drive from the city.
Photo via Instagram user @monsumomo
North Bay Trail
Ypsilanti
Good for all things water-related, North Bay Park's trail is super relaxing and leisurely, having water on either side of the loop. The park includes fishing spots and a boardwalk as well.
Photo via Instagram user @christinathetraveler
North Bay Trail
Ypsilanti
Good for all things water-related, North Bay Park's trail is super relaxing and leisurely, having water on either side of the loop. The park includes fishing spots and a boardwalk as well.
Photo via Instagram user @christinathetraveler
Nichols Arboretum Trails
Ann Arbor
There are two trails at Nichols Arboretum, both of which offer their own experience. The first is the informative Clean Water Trail, which passes by the Huron River and has signs detailing how water gets polluted and how it is prevented at the Arboretum. The Laurel Ridge Trail is populated by beautiful and carefully-preserved flowers, shrubs, and trees.
Photo via Instagram user @nvg_pix
Nichols Arboretum Trails
Ann Arbor
There are two trails at Nichols Arboretum, both of which offer their own experience. The first is the informative Clean Water Trail, which passes by the Huron River and has signs detailing how water gets polluted and how it is prevented at the Arboretum. The Laurel Ridge Trail is populated by beautiful and carefully-preserved flowers, shrubs, and trees. Photo via Instagram user @nvg_pix
Addison Oaks Mountain Bike Trail
Leonard 
Adventure seekers, hike on over to this trail. Tie on your most comfortable hiking shoes, and pack your thermos of coffee, 'cause this trail is a whopper at 12.3 miles. Biker and hiker friendly, this trail has many bridges, hills, highlands, and low lands that will give you the hike of your life.
Photo via Instagram user @ajsoder
Addison Oaks Mountain Bike Trail
Leonard
Adventure seekers, hike on over to this trail. Tie on your most comfortable hiking shoes, and pack your thermos of coffee, 'cause this trail is a whopper at 12.3 miles. Biker and hiker friendly, this trail has many bridges, hills, highlands, and low lands that will give you the hike of your life.
Photo via Instagram user @ajsoder
Algonac State Park
Marine City
This park is 1,500 acres and has lots of densely wooded and very lush trails. As an added feature this park has breathtaking views of the St. Clair River. 
Photo via Instagram user @take_a_hike_brooke

Algonac State Park
Marine City
This park is 1,500 acres and has lots of densely wooded and very lush trails. As an added feature this park has breathtaking views of the St. Clair River.
Photo via Instagram user @take_a_hike_brooke
Bog Trail
Waterloo, Chelsea
One of five trails of Waterloo Recreation Area, the Bog Trail makes for the most unique hike. At 1.5 miles in length, the Bog Trail leads hikers to a floating bog in Cedar Lake.
Photo via Instagram user @peterschriemer
Bog Trail
Waterloo, Chelsea
One of five trails of Waterloo Recreation Area, the Bog Trail makes for the most unique hike. At 1.5 miles in length, the Bog Trail leads hikers to a floating bog in Cedar Lake.
Photo via Instagram user @peterschriemer