List of Places for Cross-Country Skiing in Oakland County, Michigan

Mountains are limited in southeastern Michigan, but we've got plenty of forested trails and hilly terrain for cross-country skiing. Best of all, the costs associated with the sport are much less than for that other kind of skiing. Whether you want to rent skis or bring your own, there are plenty of locations open for cross-country skiing in Oakland County.

Best Bet for New Skiers: Oakland County has several parks and recreation areas open for cross-country skiing; but if you’re a new skier, chances are you’ll need to rent skis and may even want a lesson.

While both Kensington and Stony Creek MetroParks offer 12 miles of ski trails, ski rental, heated resting areas and snacks, Independence Oaks County Park in Clarkston also offers lessons.

State Parks:

  • Bald Mountain State Recreation Area in Lake Orion has 8 miles of trails for cross-country skiing through hilly terrain (some of the hilliest in Southeast Michigan) in its North Unit.
  • Dodge #4 State Park in Waterford
  • Highland Recreation Area in White Lake has 17 miles of trails.
  • Holly Recreation Area has trails that range from .25 mile to 25 miles.
  • Ortonville Recreation Area in Ortonville Township has 2.5 miles of trails.
  • Pontiac Lake Recreation Area in Waterford has 11 miles of trails.
  • Proud Lake Recreation Area in Commerce Township has 6 miles of trails.
  • Seven Lakes State Park in Holly has trails that range from .33 mile to 2 miles.

MetroParks:

Most of the MetroParks in southeast Michigan are open for cross-country skiing, but they vary regarding exactly what resources they offer.

  • Milford: Kensington MetroPark in Livingston and Oakland Counties has over 12 miles of groomed trails through various terrain, including a golf course. It also has a ski center with heat, restrooms, snacks and ski rental for $10 on weekends.
     
  • Shelby Township: Stony Creek MetroPark in Macomb and Oakland Counties has over 13 miles of groomed trails through woods, over hills and across a golf course. It also has a ski center with ski rental for $10 on weekends.
     
  • White Lake: Indian Springs MetroPark has over 12 miles of trails through various terrain, including woods and a golf course.

 

Other Recreation Areas and Parks:

According to the Michigan Trails website and DestinationOakland.com, there are several other parks and nature areas within Oakland County that are open for cross-country skiing:

  • Auburn Hills, Pontiac, Rochester: Clinton River Trail is a 16-mile long trail that runs along a former rail-road track.
     
  • Clarkston: Independence Oaks County Park has 10 miles of groomed trails. Ski rental ($10) and lessons are also available on weekends.
     
  • Commerce Township: Hickory Glen Park is open for cross-country skiing.
     
  • Davisburg: Springfield Oaks County Park is open for cross-country skiing.
     
  • Farmington Hills: Heritage Park is open for cross-country skiing.
     
  • Farmington Hills: Glen Oaks County Park is open for cross-country skiing.
     
  • Holly: Highland Oaks County Park has 1.5 miles of mowed trail.
     
  • Holly: Rose Oaks County Park is open for cross-country skiing.
     
  • Lake Orion: Orion Oaks County Park has 10 miles of trails (not groomed).
     
  • Lake Orion, Rochester: Paint Creek Trail is an 8.5 mile trail made out of a former rail-road track.
     
  • Leonard: Addison Oaks County Park has 6 miles of marked (not groomed) trails.
     
  • Madison Heights: Red Oaks County Park is open for cross-country skiing.
     
  • Novi: Lakeshore Park is owned by the City of Novi and open for cross-country skiing.
     
  • Orion Township: Polly Ann Trail is open for cross-country skiing.
     
  • Rochester Hills: Bloomer Park is open for cross-country skiing. The trails in the city owned park are not groomed.
     
  • South Lyon: Huron Valley Trail is a 10.5 mile trail that runs along a former rail-road track.
     
  • South Lyon: Lyon Township Community Park is open for cross-country skiing.
     
  • South Lyon: South Lyon Rail Trail is open for cross-country skiing.
     
  • Waterford: Drayton Plains Nature Center has over 3 miles of trails.
     
  • West Bloomfield: West Bloomfield Wood Nature Preserve and Trail has a 4.5 mile trail that runs along a former rail-road track.
     
  • White Lake: White Lake Oaks County Park is open for cross-country skiing.
     
  • Wixom: Lyon Oaks County Park has 4 miles of trails (on a crushed stone path).