Come Explore Cantons Trails
The Lower Rouge Trail
Hours and Parking
The trailhead parking lot is open daily from dawn till dusk.
The parking lot is located on Morton Taylor Road north off of Michigan Avenue.
For more than 10 years the dream of a Pedestrian path system along the Lower Rouge River has been a major priority for Canton. Community-wide surveys from Canton residents also identified trails as the number one need for recreation opportunities.
The dream has now become a reality. A ten foot wide path over 4 miles in length made up of compacted crushed stone with 8 wooden pedestrian bridges has been constructed extending from Canton Center Road just south of Palmer along the Lower Rouge River to Haggerty Road just north of Michigan Avenue.
This pedestrian way provides a non-motorized connection from Heritage Park at the heart of Canton to the newly upgraded I-275 Metro Trail along the I-275.
The completion of these trails now provides over 10 miles of paved pedestrian path for hiking and biking.
In addition, to the paved path system along the Lower Rouge River over 5 miles of dirt surface single track trails are available for hiking and mountain biking.
To become an advocate for the trail system, please contact the Canton Leisure Services Park Office at 734/394-5310.
Get Healthy By Walking in Canton!
Area residents are encourage to hit the walking trails and paths located in the Canton Parks. Walking is a gentle, low-impact exercise is one of your body's most natural forms of exercise. It's safe, simple, doesn't require practice, and the health benefits are endless
Fellows Creek Wetland Nature Trail
The Fellows Creek Wetland improves water quality, stabilizes stream banks, reduces pollutants entering the Rouge River and providesfish and wildlife habitat.
Why was it built?
Fellows Creek once had a wide floodplain and a meandering stream bed. Its banks were forested wetlands and open prairie. Drainage for agriculture straightened the channel, reduced plant and animal diversity and negatively affected water quality in the lower Rouge and Detroit rivers. The Fellows Creek Wetland seeks to re-create a more natural stream system to more effectively manage storm water, reduce stream bank erosion and benefit fish and wildlife.
For more information, please contact:
Canton Leisure Services Parks Office
What animals live here?
Frogs, toads, shorebirds and dragonflies thrive on the insects that live in the wetland. The trees around the
wetland provide homes for bats which consume one-half of their body weight in flying insects each night
(3,000 insects per bat!). Butterflies drink wildflower nectar for food, and lay their eggs on the leaves of native
plants. Hummingbirds also rely on wildflower nectar. Ducks and muskrats thrive on plants such as
cattail and arrowhead that grow with their roots in the water. Look for muskrat dens that look like piles of cattails.
What are the benefits to the environment?
In addition to providing wildlife habitat, the Fellows Creek Wetland:
- reduces storm water run-off into streams
- filters sediment and pollutants out of storm water
- reduces flooding
- reduces stream bank erosion
What can I do to help?
Natural areas need care, just like parks and gardens. Volunteer park stewards install and tend bird boxes, remove invasive plants, and collect and spread wildflower seed. Everybody can help the river by preventing chemicals, oil, fuel, detergent and dirt from washing into storm drains. Homeowners can help the river by using less fertilizer and pesticide on their lawn and garden, letting the grass grow taller between cuttings, reducing the amount of lawn, watering less often, and planting native wildflowers