At Walking Wasthenaw we love to get out and enjoy nature. With so many parks, preserves, and public gardens in Washtenaw County, it’s hard to know if you’ve missed someplace interesting. Our mission is to go out and walk as many parks as possible. Then post reviews, so you can find out which parks sound interesting to you.

So get out there, have fun and relish the bountiful nature around us.

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Two boats rowing on the Huron River in Autumn

Fall Color Trek in The Bird Hills Nature Area

Beautiful birdsong and glorious fall colors combine to make a visit to Ann Arbor’s Bird Hills Nature Area a walk to remember. The Bird Hills Nature Area rises above a great bend in the Huron River west of Ann Arbor. Encompassing 146 acres, it is the largest natural area in the city’s park system. With a variety of pathways, hikers will find a sanctuary in this hilly woodland.

Pittsfield Preserve – Early Spring, Squishy Walk
Pittsfield | Preserves

Pittsfield Preserve – Early Spring, Squishy Walk

Twenty-some years ago, in 1999, there was a plan to build 1200 homes, retail spaces, and soccer fields in the center of Pittsfield Township. This plan included using a fleet of bulldozers and earthmovers to flatten, fill, and mow down a unique wetland area changing the township’s rural feel. Instead, the township purchased the land and created the Pittsfield Preserve that has become the pride of the area.

Fox Science Preserve Sign Entrance Sign

Exploring the Past at Fox Science Preserve

Fox Science Preserve sits between Ann Arbor and Dexter in an old gravel quarry. The machines that dug deep into the soil are now gone, leaving behind a scene not too different from the glacial moraines of 12,000 years ago. This rocky and barren surface soon was recognized as a natural classroom for the study of biological succession. Teachers, students, and parents began exploring the boulders and limestone surfaces, observing as nature begins its transformation of the empty quarry into a fully functioning ecosystem.