Explore Canton's Trails
Canton's scenic trails were developed to offer residents an opportunity to experience the splendors of nature close to home. Visitors will be able to make a personal connection with nature through walking, running, mountain biking, cross country skiing, and wildlife watching.
Lower Rouge Trail Crossing At Lilley Road Anticipated To Close Memorial Day Through End of Year
The Lower Rouge Trail Crossing at Lilley Road is expected to close to all pedestrian traffic from Memorial Day through the end of the year, as a result of the reconstruction of the Lilley Road Bridge in Canton, MI.
The trail will be closed to all pedestrian traffic at this location. Barriers will be installed at the trail crossing for the safety of pedestrians. All trail users are asked to avoid this area for the duration of this construction project and should consider utilizing different sections of the trail.
The Lower Rouge Trail, along with the ITC Corridor Trail, currently interconnects Canton’s Heritage Park with the Michigan Department of Transportation’s I-275 Metro Trail (a regional trail system offering approximately six miles of non-motorized pathways in Canton). The trailhead for the Lower Rouge Trail is located off of Morton-Taylor Road, north of Michigan Avenue. Combined, all of these trails in Canton offer over 15 miles of non-motorized pathways that are open year-round.
For more information on this trail crossing closure and bridge reconstruction project in Canton, MI visit www.canton-mi.org or call Public Works at 734/394-5150.
Trail Special Events
Date: May 18, 2019
Time: 8 am-12 pm
Take part in Canton's Annual River Day to learn more about the natural habitats in our region and help clean up the local watershed. River activities will include learning about the environment, especially healthy rivers, trail clean-up, removing invasive species, trail hikes, and birdhouse building. Volunteers should come dressed for the weather; jeans and boots are recommended. Volunteers are also encouraged to bring gardening tools from home (make sure they are labeled with your name and address). River Day is hosted by Canton's Engineering Services Department and Friends of the Rouge. For more information on River Day or to preregister for the event, call 734/394-5150.
Canton Celebrates National Trails Day 2019
Date: June 1, 2019
Time: 9 am-12 pm
Location: Lower Rouge Trailhead (Morton Taylor Rd just north of Michigan Avenue, Canton MI)
American Hiking Society's National Trails Day (NTD) is a celebration of America's magnificent Trail System, occurring annually on the first Saturday in June. Join us as Canton hits the trails at the Lower Rouge Trailhead! This special event will include: self-guided hiking along the beautiful Lower Rouge River, educational displays and presentations by the Friends of the Rouge, 'Leave No Trace' principles stations, recycling information, trail biking and running info and a 'Make-It-Yourself' Trail-Mix station. Free event open to all ages. Dogs are welcome if kept on a leash.
Liberty Run 5K/10K
Date: June 15, 2019
Time: 8 am
Run, walk or stroll the beautiful 3.1 mile or 6.2 mile flat, fast and accurate courses through neighborhood streets and the natural beauty of the Lower Rouge Trail. This annual event is family friendly and open to all ages. To learn more visit Canton Liberty Run's website.
Support the Trails
There are many ways that you can help to support the trail and pathway system throughout Canton and the Southeast Michigan Region. Throughout the year, special event, clean-up days and other opportunities for involvement will be posted here.
Donations and Planned Giving: Canton Trails Fund
If you would like to make a tax deductible contribution to future trail projects, please consider the Canton Trail Fund. The Canton Trail Fund is made possible through the Canton Community Foundation. With the assistance of long-time Canton residents Laura and Jim Kosteva, the Canton Trail Fund is designed to provide grants to Canton Township for the building and maintaining of public bike and walking trails within the township of Canton. The intention of the fund is to be a supplement to existing and proposed future trail improvement, maintenance, expansion and capital construction activities of the Charter Township of Canton. Learn More
EXISTING TRAIL NETWORK
Canton's trail system continues to expand annually through the help of partnerships and grants. Canton residents and guests can access most parks and neighborhoods via the Lower Rouge Trail, Fellows Creek Wetland Nature Trail, ITC Corridor Trail, I-275 Metro Trail and other local pathways. A popular Canton destination is the Lower Rouge Trail (PDF), which follows along the Lower Rouge River from Canton Center Road to the I-275 Metro Trail. Here visitors can commune with nature, while strolling/running/biking on this 12-foot-wide,finely screen limestone path as they pass through scenic woodlands and cross several bridges over the Lower Rouge River. Just west of bridge #6, the ITC Corridor Trail begins and heads north connecting with Flodin and Griffin Parks. Watch for future expansion of the Lower Rouge Trail east to the Hannan Road border.
Access to the existing trail network can be obtained via several locations throughout Canton. The Canton Trails Map (PDF) provides appropriate entry points, cross-walks, and parking. For more information on the trail system or to become an advocate for the trails please contact the Canton Leisure Services Parks Office at 734/394-5310.
LOWER ROUGE TRAIL EXPANSION
Canton Township is in the process of expanding the Lower Rouge Trail. In 2019, crossings at Sheldon Road and Lotz Road will have signage and crossing improvements. In addition, the trail length is being extended from its current termination at I-275 to the east Canton border at Hannan Road. The new section of trail is anticipated to open in the Summer 2020.