The Hines Parkway exists as a flood basin of the Middle Rouge River, and Edward Hines Drive winds along the river for more than 15 miles from Dearborn in the east to Northville in the west. You’ll find pretty much anything you’d want in a park here. Soccer fields, baseball diamonds, playscapes, many scenic picnic areas, open fields, paved and dirt bike trails and barbecue grills line the road, some by the river, some by lakes and some in quiet fields adorned with wild flowers and shade trees.
In short, Hines is a great place to get away for leisure or recreation on a sunny spring or summer day. In the fall, a drive through Hines provides a beautiful look at southeast Michigan’s autumn foliage. In the winter, the park offers sledding and skating venues as well as its annual production of the Wayne County Lightfest, one of the best holiday light displays in the Midwest.
Map of Wilcox Lake, Gunsolly Mills, Plymouth Riverside Recreation Area and Haggerty West Recreation Area
Wilcox Lake has a large playground, picnic shelter and picnic area. Gunsolly Mills has a large playground and picnic areas on the west side of Hines Drive. Plymouth Riverside Recreation Area has a playground and picnic shelter. Haggerty West Recreation Area has soccer fields that are used for youth soccer leagues. This area also has two ball diamonds, a playground and a picnic area.
Map of Northville West Recreation Area and Cass Benton Recreation Area
The paved trail that winds through Hines Park starts on the south side of 7 Mile Road in Northville and follows along Hines Drive through Plymouth, Livonia, Garden City and Dearborn Heights.
Northville West Recreation Area has a volleyball court, lacrosse field, picnic areas, baseball diamonds, and playgrounds
Cass Benton Recreation Area has a playground and disc golf course.