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Hines Drive is an excellent place for walkers, runners, families, cyclist.
The park stretches 18 miles from Dearborn all the way to Northville. The
drive and bike path follow along side the rouge river. Occasionally when
during the spring and summer the parkway is closed to motor vehicle due
to flooding. This isn't a surprise since Hines was essentially designed
as a flood control plane. The park offers dozens of pull off, and picnic
areas for families, company picnics, softball games, Frisbee, walking,
and more. The park also shares access withthe 275 bike path which conects
to the Lower Huron Metropark. Once known as a party hangout in the 70's,
Hines has developed into a great activities center. The biggest advantage
hines has for cyclist is the large, smooth shoulder along road. The shoulder
is about 4-6 feet wide, allowing riders to feel an be safer while on the
road. Also the 18 mile route has few interruptions, and minimal stop lights.
there is the "Saturday
in the Park", in which a six mile section of Hines Drive is closed
to automobiles from Outer Drive Rd. to Ann Arbor Trail. Every Saturday
from May to September between 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. This creates a safe
environment for walking, cycling, or inline skating. Parking is available
at the Helm’s Haven Recreation Area (West of Outer Drive), Warrendale
Picnic Area (Warren Ave. east of Telegraph), Merriman Hollow (Merriman
Rd. south of Ann Arbor Trail) and Nankin Mills Picnic Area (Hines Drive
and Ann Arbor Trail).
Wayne County LightFest: November -December every year. For
more info please go thte Wayne Co. website (http://www.waynecounty.com/events).
Midwest’s largest holiday light show. Enter at Hines Drive and Merriman,
2 ˝ miles south of I-96 in Westland. A minimal fee is charged per car
to help keep the light fest operating. For more info call (734) 261-9087.
Sledding: The Cass Benton Area of Hines Park offers the
best hills for sledding. These rolling hills start at Sheldon Road in
the City of Northville following the Rouge River Valley to Six Mile Road
in Northville Township.
Please be aware of your surroundings, the paved trail crosses roads at
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