One of the best ways to enjoy nature in Shelby Township, MI is by going on a hike or nature walk. From the parks in our area, nature trails provide places for people to enjoy walking and hiking.
Many of these trails go through wooded areas with trees and wildlife. In fact, some trails are less than a mile long while others are several miles long.
One such nature trail is the Bicentennial Nature Trail at Mill Lake Park. This six-mile trail takes hikers through forests, meadows, and wetlands. Visitors can see turtles, geese, and herons as well as woodpeckers, hawks, and blue jays.
Sherwood Forest Metropark also has a 6 ½ mile hiking trail that goes through forests, parks, and preserves. Hikers can see several different kinds of reptiles, amphibians, mammals, insects, birds, and plants along this trail.
Mill Lake Park also offers canoeing on Mill Pond where visitors can see turtles, fish, geese, and herons while paddling across the lake.
When it comes to zoos, the Detroit Zoo is definitely the biggest and best in this area. It features an aquatic show with beluga whales, sea lions, penguins, and other animals. Visitors can also see elephants, tigers, gorillas, polar bears, and many more types of mammals.
If you like birds, you will enjoy the five-acre Nature Encounter where visitors can see golden eagles, great horned owls, and bald eagles.
The City of Shelby Township offers free family and children's programs at Mill Pond Park and other parks in the community throughout the year.