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This trail runs from the Matthaei Botanical Gardens two miles south to Parker Mill Park. It was conceived in response to the need for a safer alternative for non-motorized travelers. Dixboro Road only has a narrow shoulder, which both pedestrians and cyclists reluctantly used. The trail provides an alternative commuting corridor for students, locals and visitors away from the busy artery. It parallels the road, although it is not quite as straight. The path travels through some naturally scenic areas, including views of the Huron River.
The Matthaei Botanical Gardens Trail is not just a wonderful recreational asset for Ann Arbor Township, but it also provides connections to other trails including the Border-to-Border Trail. Via these other links, the trail provides access from the botanical gardens to a range of institutions including the University of Michigan’s north and central campuses, UM Medical Center, Concordia University, Eastern Michigan University and Washtenaw County Community College.
Parking is available at Parker Mill County Park. The park is located at 4650 Geddes Road. There is a parking lot at the Dixboro Road entrance.
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