AND MAYBURY FARM
Did you know that Maybury State Park is conveniently located in Northville? Its entrance is located on the south side of Eight Mile Road just west of Beck Road and offers horseback riding, hiking, biking, fishing and picnicking opportunities for all to enjoy. Besides being a State Park it also has an interesting back story.
Maybury Sanatorium – In 1921, Maybury Sanatorium opened on 850 acres in Northville Township, which is now the location of Maybury State Park. The sanatorium served as a restful environment for those suffering from tuberculosis. Adult patients and children as young as six months old would stay at Maybury Sanatorium for months or years to recover from the illness.
During its peak time of operation, the sanatorium cared for nearly 850 patients. By the 1940s, the number of patients declined, and effective antibiotics were discovered and improved a person’s chance for recovery. In 1969, Maybury Sanatorium was closed.
There are historical markers in several places along the paved trails at the state park that describe former locations of buildings and places at Maybury Sanatorium.
Maybury State Park Contains almost 1,000 acres of gently rolling terrain, open meadow, mature forest, a variety of wildlife and abundant wildflowers, the park gives people an opportunity to get involved in outdoor recreation activities in a state park setting. A map of the park can be found here.
Maybury Riding Stable – Maybury Riding Stable is a great place to enjoy a horseback riding experience. The stable offers a scenic three-mile, guided horseback ride. A variety of horses are available, in many colors and sizes. Horseback riders must be over 8 years old and weigh less than 240 pounds. The stable offers special kids programs, pony parties, and hayrides. For reservation details, see http://www.mayburyridingstable.com/
Equestrian Trails – There are 11 miles of horseback-riding trails at Maybury State Park. The trailhead is near the riding stable, and horse trailers will want to enter on the east side of the park off of Beck Road.
Mountain Biking Trails – Maybury State Park has a single-track mountain bike trail that loops and curves through a heavily wooded area. The dirt trail is five miles long and has varied terrain. It starts on the east side of the park, but you can also access it from the paved trail.
Paved Trails – The trailheads for the paved trails at Maybury State Park are at the parking areas accessed from Eight Mile Road. The wide trails are used for biking and walking. There are five miles of paved trails, which connect to the park’s hiking and mountain biking trails. Historical markers are located along portions of the trails, near locations that were part of the Maybury Sanatorium.
Hiking Trails – Six miles of unpaved hiking trails meander through wooded areas and around a large pond at Maybury State Park. Dog walkers enjoy using the unpaved and paved trails at the state park.
Fishing – There are a few fishing piers around the large pond on the east side of the park. It’s a good spot for catch-and-release fishing.
You need a fishing license to fish in Michigan. If you don’t have one, you can purchase one online from the Michigan DNR.
Picnic Shelters – Maybury State Park is an excellent location for family reunions and gatherings. The park has several large shelters that can be rented at the Michigan DNR web site. Click here for reservation information.
Maybury Farm is also located within Maybury State Park and is run by the Northville Community Foundation. It is located at 50165 Eight Mile Northville Township. The Farm’s web site can be found here.
Enter at the RED Maybury Farm sign entrance off 8 Mile, 1 ¾ miles west of Beck Road. Do not enter the state park but continue ½ mile west on 8 Mile to the Maybury Farm entrance.
Visitors of all ages enjoy getting up close and personal with the animals.
There are also multiple opportunities for both our children and our grandchildren such as Story Time and farm equipment to play on.
There are also special events through the year including Hay Rides, Maple Syrup Demonstrations, Farm Days, Fresh Vegetable Sales, Corn Maze and Visits from Santa.
A current schedule of events can be found here.