In Michigan, New Year’s resolutions of staying active seem to be at odds with temperatures in the teens or 20s and bone-chilling winds. But there’s still hope! On days when the sun is shining, the cold temperatures become more tolerable. There are plenty of scenic places and wide open spaces to get your ‘game’ on, whether it’s running, hiking, mountain biking or cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing.
Here’s a list of things to do in and around the City of Northville to help you keep your New Year’s resolutions that involve fitness.
- Maybury State Park – (Main Entrance off 8 Mile Road, west of Beck Rd.). You’ll find trails for hiking, mountain biking (fat tires), cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing. It’s also a great place to walk your dog. When the park gets 6-8 inches of snow, staff will plow one side of the paved trails for walking and use the opposite for skiing, setting tracks. If you don’t have your own equipment, Sun and Snow in Plymouth rents ski equipment; REI in Northville Township rents snowshoes.
- Ford Field (151 Griswold) – The play structure is open year-round for kids. There are fields for adults and families to run, hike or take a walk.
- Mill Race Village (215 Griswold) – Walk through the village and explore the exteriors of the historic buildings as you go. Most of them are not open in the winter. It’s nice with the Middle Rouge River running through.
- Hines Park – With rolling hills, it’s a good place to do some uphill hiking. If it snows, get young ones together with a sled or toboggan to blast down the hills. It’s a great way to make childhood memories.
- Bennett Arboretum Pathway – Starts at 7 Mile across from the Down’s Racetrack and goes to 6 Mile, with woods, a segment of the gently flowing Rouge River and wildlife (if you look in the fields). The companion Bennett Arboretum in Hines Park is a good place for hilly workouts.
- Rural Hill Cemetery ( 215 West Seven Mile Road east of Rogers) – Lots of acreage to run and walk along the paved roads. Please stay off the grass and be respectful of the gravesites.
- Fish Hatchery Park (641 Fairbrook) – It’s a smaller park but highly walkable and runnable with a pond that might be sporting some wildlife.
- Downtown Northville – Walk the streets and stop in at one of the restaurants or coffee shops to purchase a beverage or soup to warm you up.
- East to West – Start at Griswold and Main and walk west to Beck Road. It’s a scenic walk/run that changes from retail to residential to almost rural.
- South to North along Center St. – You’ll get in a great workout with some hilly areas going from 7 Mile to 8 Mile.
- Historic District Neighborhoods – Here’s a map to guide you along wide streets with beautiful homes and well maintained yards. Walk your dog or walk with a friend or family member – that way you can comment on the historic homes that you pass along the way.