Huron River Greenway MetroPark

Milan Side South From Downtown Milan

The Village of Milan to Mason Road, southern portion of the Huron River Greenway trail, is mostly a cinder railbed trail that generally follows the towpath of the Milan Canal. A dispute over a privately owned section of the trail (near Mason Road) prevents the public from going from one trailhead to the other. However each side of the trail has a parking area and access to the trail up to the barricades blocking the public from the privately owned section. This is an enormously historic area for the citizens of Milan because the south trail follows the towpath route of the historic Milan Canal which existed from 1826 to when it closed in 1869. This trail begins at the bottom of the Main Street hill and the entrance to the trail is directly beside what was once the industrious harbor area of the canal.  A warehouse building from the Milan Canal period still stands beside the entrance to the trail. The area that was the Milan Canal runs beside the trail all the way to the "Idaho" historical marker near Mason Road.  Although this section of the Huron River Greenway trail has not been improved to the extent of the Huron side, it is nevertheless a flat level trail that is easy to walk and yet primitive enough to allow the visitor to imagine that they are seeing many of the same things that the pioneer settlers may have saw when they first came to this area in the early 1800's.

The Milan side of the southern trail is divided into two trails. The main one goes from the parking lot all the way to the private barricade on the trail which is about three miles. In addition to this main trail, there is a nature trail called "Oxbow Trail" which parallels this one which meanders along the Huron River which is about 1 mile in length. Many of the panoramas photos that you see in this section, I took on the Oxbow trail which is exceptionally scenic.

Milan Side South


Milan Side North


Huron Side

Huron River Greenway - Seniors Walking Guide

Name of Trail Surface Difficulty Distance Hand/Access
Main Trail Gravel/Earth Unimproved - Level Grade 2.9 miles Depends
Oxbow Trail Earth Unimproved 1 mile No

The main trail is a linear park so, unlike most park trails, these trails do NOT circle back to the starting point. The Oxbow trail does start and end at the main trail. Both trails are fairly primitive with some low spots. As with all walking tails, a walking stick or cane may be useful for seniors. If walking alone, please carry a cell phone. The HRG is a great park for walking, jogging or bicycling but never go further than the distance you are prepared to return to your starting point.  I would also strongly advise you to use a bug repellent, during the summer season, when walking the Greenway or any other trail in this area.


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