Exploration Guides

We're all explorers. You just need the right guide.

Welcome, Explorers!

Welcome to Exploration Guides!

The first day of spring, March 20, 2011, was the day of our Grand Opening. We now have thirteen free Android apps covering 14 parks in southeast Michigan, which have been downloaded  thousands of times and our first two Destination apps, Destination: Lighthouse – North America and Destination: Waterfall – North America.

Our first book, Dayhiking, is now available worldwide from Amazon, and soon from Barnes & Noble, as well.  You can get Dayhiking at http://www.amazon.com/Dayhiking-Exploration-Guides-Hiking-ebook/dp/B00CQOP7K6

We have a lot more data, and more books and apps are coming.  Feel free to look around, download the free apps, make suggestions for new features, and, most importantly, go outside and explore!

Read our blog for info on new apps, trip reports, and more.

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Kensington Metropark Nature Area

In the western end of Kensington Metropark, you’ll find the nature area.  With a small nature center and over 14 km of nature trails through a variety of terrains, make sure you don’t miss this part of the park.

While you’ll find whitetail deer everywhere in the park, if you keep your eyes open, you may see wild turkey, great blue herons, river otters, and more.

This page is just a small part of the Kensington Metropark mobile app.

Return to the main Kensington Metropark page.

Return to the main Huron Clinton Metropark page.

February 15, 2012 Posted by | | , , , , | Leave a Comment

Kensington Metropark

Kensington Metropark, one of the largest in the Huron Clinton Metropark System, is located just off I-96 in Milford Michigan, between Brighton and Novi.  Built around Kent Lake, a man-made lake on the Huron River, Kensington is very popular, but spread out enough to rarely appear crowded.

Like all metroparks, of course there’s plenty of open, grassy area, but Kensington also has a lot else to do.

This page is just a small part of the Kensington Metropark mobile app.

Visit the official Kensington Metropark page.

Return to the main Huron Clinton Metropark page.

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Lake Erie Metropark Marsh Museum

Lake Erie Metropark’s Marsh Museum is perhaps one of the most poorly named museums in existence.  The name brings up ideas of a standard nature center specializing in marshes.  Well, all that stuff is there, but there’s much more.  As the intersection of the Detroit River, the Huron River, and Lake Erie, this area has long been a major intersection, first for Native Americans.  Later, trappers came into the area, followed by soldiers, forts, settlers, and now, you and I.  The Marsh Museum explains this entire history, and provides interpreters to answer any questions about both the local history and ecology.  Don’t pass this up as you head out onto the trails.

This page is just a small part of the free Lake Erie Metropark mobile app.

Return to the main Lake Erie Metropark page.

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Stony Creek Metropark Nature Center

The north end of Stony Creek Metropark, north of the north dam, is dedicated to nature trails.  At the north end of the road, in the center of these trails, is the Stony Creek Nature Center.  The nature center houses year-round exhibits, including live and taxidermy animals, and is staffed by naturalists who are available to answer questions about your explorations, or give you ideas for new directions those explorations can take you.  To get your started, they also run interpretive programs and guided hikes.  When you’re done at the nature center, be sure to explore the extensive trail network which surrounds it.

This page is just a small part of the Stony Creek Metropark mobile app.

Return to the main Stony Creek Metropark page.

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Stony Creek Metropark

Located in Shelby Township, north of Utica, Michigan, is Stony Creek Metropark.  A part of the Huron Clinton Metropark chain, Stony Creek is HUGE at 4461 acres.  Located around two, man-made lakes on the Clinton River, with plenty of canoe and kayak opportunities, Stony Creek is home to two beaches, 70 km of trails (including hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, in-line skating, and fitness trails), a par-72 golf course, a 24-hole disc golf course, a mountain bike skills course, boat and bike rental, and a nature center.  The park always has a lot of people, but it’s so big, so spread out, it rarely looks crowded, so there’s plenty of room for you to explore.

Return to the main Huron Clinton Metropark page.

Visit the official Stony Creek Metropark page.

This page is just a small part of the Stony Creek Metropark mobile app.

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