Parks and Nature

I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.

John of the Mountains: The Unpublished Journals of John Muir, (1938)


We are blessed to be surrounded by nature.  The walking paths within Woodlands South allow us to decompress and get some much needed exercise by just stepping out front door.

For those who wish to visit Downtown Northville, the Northville Bennett Arboretum Parkway on the East Side of Sheldon proceeding north from Six Mile is filled with an abundance of scenery that mirrors the environmental flow of the arboretum area.  A long boardwalk was installed along a wetland area, and a bridge crosses over Johnson Creek, one of the area’s most pristine waterways and home to brown trout.  The path also includes information signs that describe how trees act as sponge for rainwater and how the native plants live much easier with the Michigan soil and weather.

Along the way there are also sloped walls with native plantings in concrete compartments as well as extra trees that have been planted. Hines Park and Maybury State Park are also within easy driving distance and provide ample opportunity for us to commune with Nature and thereby refresh our souls.


“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived”

– Henry David Thoreau, Walden