Lower Rouge River Recreation Trail


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Lower Rouge River Recreation Trail Facts

States: Michigan
Counties: Wayne
Length: 4 miles
Trail end points: Canton Center Rd. south of Palmer Rd. and I-275 Metro Trail north of Michigan Ave./US 12
Trail surfaces: Crushed Stone
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 7465449
Trail activities: Bike, Walking

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Lower Rouge River Recreation Trail Description

The Lower Rouge River Recreation Trail closely follows the river for 4 miles through the town of Canton, located between the urban centers of Ann Arbor and Detroit. The compacted crushed stone pathway includes eight wooden pedestrian bridges over the river that provide lovely views. Most of the trail is heavily wooded.

On its eastern end, you can connect to the I-275 Metro Trail to continue your journey another 33 miles. On its western end, a sidewalk can take you north about a half-mile to Heritage Park, which offers restrooms, picnic areas, a library, museum, golf club, athletic fields and other recreational facilities. The ITC Corridor Trail also meets the trail near its eastern end, providing access north into the residential heart of Canton.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking lots can be found in Heritage Park (Heritage Park Road west of Canton Center Road) near the western end of the trail, or mid-trail off Morton Taylor Road.

Lower Rouge River Recreation Trail Reviews

crush stone trail nice scenery. connect to I275 trail and a trail that heads north down high line right of way to Cherry Hill rd. This trail is quite with wildlife and nice bridges too. Wish it was longer.

Great trail! Best to do in the latest ring since it can get muddy in some areas. It need some trail signs but the options on trails are limitless.


I ride this trail quite often and love it. The hickory loop has a hand carved totem pole and two benches but the sycamore loop I did t see anything impressive there. There are quite a few areas that would make beautiful pictures. I have seen quite a few rabbits, squirrels, does as well as a buck or two. Sometimes I go on to the I-275 Metro Trail but at times I turn around at Haggerty Rd and then take the ITC Connector over to Flodin Park or Griffin Park. Hopefully they will extend the ITC Connector on to Cherry Hill Village at Ridge Rd.

Have been meaning to visit this location and very glad I did. Perfect place to escape during a lunch break.

Nice bike trail. It would be nice to have road signs at each road crossing so you would know where you are - especially if you're new to this trail. Some parts are kind of "soft/muddy" when it's rained a lot, but all in all, a nice trail. Downloaded & printed a trail map so we know where all the divergent trails lead. We were concerned about taking them at first because we didn't know how far off the beaten path they would take us or where we would end up.

Can't say this trail is the best ever, but it is pretty nice. Early spring is NOT an ideal time to visit as it's usually really muddy. Winter is nice and so is fall and summer. Nice photography opportunities.

The winter season might be best to visit there. I biked there in summer. It smelled like sewage water. I was very happy when I finally went back to I-275 Trail.

I don't want to say too much about this area because I want it all to myself!!! Haha. We love it here and bring our dogs frequently to explore the off-trail trails. Leashes are mandatory especially if you're approaching the main roads that the primary paths cross. But we have found a few great swimming holes for the doggies and let them play. We enjoy the carved tree stumps and are always hoping that more will appear.

This trail is as described- very nice. It's a pleasant surprise to find it in the middle of a town of almost 100,000 people. There are beautiful bridges to cross the creek but none over roads so you will have to stop and cross a two lane road every mile or so.

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