Recreation & Outdoors
The Ann Arbor area, recognized as an urban oasis of recreational opportunities, offers both big city attractions and wide-open spaces with miles of scenic trails to explore. For outdoor enthusiasts, the Ann Arbor area is a truly thrilling experience.
From kayaking, canoeing, tubing and stand-up paddle boarding on the Huron River in the summer, to cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and ice skating in the cooler months, there’s plenty to do. Washtenaw County’s impeccably-maintained parks offer ample opportunity for hiking and picnicking. Near the charming city of Chelsea, just west of Ann Arbor, some of the best mountain biking trails in the state wind through expansive state parks and recreation areas.
You can purchase licenses and permits quickly at Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Find all of the ways to enjoy the outdoors in the Ann Arbor area and all around Michigan at Explore Michigan Outdoors.