Kensington Metropark Trail

Michigan

Kensington Metropark Trail Facts

States: Michigan
Counties: Oakland
Length: 9.5 miles
Trail end points: Huron Valley Trail and Island Lake Pathway at Kent Lake Beach Rd. and Milford Trail at S. Milford Rd. and Huron River Pkwy.
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 6129801
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Kensington Metropark Trail Description

The Kensington Metropark Trail forms a paved loop around Kent Lake in western Oakland County. The scenic area, which features 4,481 acres of hilly terrain around the large lake, is one of the most popular parks in Michigan, and the trail accommodates inline skaters, runners, walkers and cyclists.

Kensington Metropark also offers a number of equestrian and hiking trails that branch off from the main paved loop. Due to its scenery and recreational amenities, the area is a destination for many users of the three other paved trails that feed into the park. At the south end, the Huron Valley Trail arrives from South Lyon and Wixom, while the Island Lake Pathway rolls in from the adjacent Island Lake Recreation Area. In the north, the Milford Trail transports recreationists from the village of the same name.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking for the Kensington Metropark Trail is available at several locations within the park. Access the Kensington Metropark via the Kent Lake Road exit on Interstate 96.

Kensington Metropark Trail Reviews

Awesome trail with a lot of climbs

I included this as part of a long ride from South Lyons City Trail, Huron Valley Trail, Island Lake Pathway, Kensington Metropark trail, and Milford Trail to Milford and back. Excellent trail. Good surface, nice variety, pretty scenery. On my outbound leg I went on the west side of the lake. On my return I went on the east side. I'm putting only 4 stars (would make it 4.5) because it lacks signs to the connecting trails of Milford and Island Lake Pathway at their turnoff junctions.

This is among the best of the Huron-Clinton Metroparks trails. The 8+ mile pathway is nicely kept up, the scenery along Kent Lake is wonderful, and there is plenty of activity. (It does not feel as desolate and run down as the Island Lake State Park across the freeway.) Be advised that if you are more used to cycling on flatter rail trails, Kensington is quite the workout--there are hills throughout, and a few are mildly steep. There are plenty of places to stop and rest. Given the wildlife in the area, be sure to pack a small camera!

To the south is a pathway that leads to the Island Lake State Park and from there you can either ride the Island Lake Pathway (it is approximately a four mile out-and-back trail), or continue eastward on the Huron Valley Trail which will take you to Wixom and/or South Lyon.

Accordion

This trail is wonderful, I run and bike it all the time. Everyone is so friendly. If you go on the main trail it is about 8 miles. Apart from this part there are sections that connect to the island lake trail and also the Milford trail.

Great trail! I've walked it several times! nicely kept it travels through a variety of levels. A few hills that stretch your legs a bit. places to sit are provided along the way. It is not always along the lake so it offers a change of scenery. I loved walking it. People, runners, bikers and other walkers were all very courteous. A very nice trail...With lots to see to make that 9.5 miles go by quickly!!

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