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The Clinton River Park Trail winds along the east bank of its namesake river connecting three northern suburbs of Detroit: Shelby Township, Utica, and Sterling Heights. The paved pathway runs through a tranquil, wooded area; keep a lookout for deer, turtles, and waterfowl. For the more adventurous, a single-track mountain biking trail also parallels the paved pathway.
A handful of parks along the way provide travelers with amenities and access to additional recreational features. On the north end of the trail, River Bends Park offers a nature center, archery range, disc-golf course, and sledding hill over its expansive 850 acres. Near the midpoint of the route (just south of M-59), the trail traverses Heritage Park, where a canoe launch and fishing pier are available. And, near the southern end of the trail, you can cross the Clinton River on a wooden pedestrian bridge to enter Dodge Park, a fun place for families with playgrounds, ballfields, a basketball court, and picnic areas. North of Dodge Park, don't miss the beautiful floral mural painted along the trail under M-53.
Parking is available at several parks along the trail, including (from north to south):
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