This humongous park that is over 8,000 acres of beautiful land is only an hour from Detroit and is an escape into the wild. At the Holly Recreation Area, you can go for a hike, stare into the water of one of three lakes, pitch a tent and build a campfire overnight, or rent a cabin to take it easy for a few days.
There's also fishing, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling. There is also a water park on Heron Beach, which you need to purchase separate tickets for. Holly Recreation Area has five trails to explore, ranging in distance from a quarter of a mile to a little over six miles, with a mountain biking trail of 23 miles.
Some trails are both mountain biking and hiking, so keep your eye out for others if you're on a multi-use trail. The longest multi-use trail that includes hiking is 6.4 miles is the Holly-Wilderness Trail, and it is rated easy to moderate and appropriate for beginners. Because the trail is multi-use, it is about six feet wide to accommodate for the appropriate amount of space.
The Holly-Whispering Pines Nature Trail is a bit shorter, coming in at one mile. There are interpretative signs along the trail that explain the natural area and its features. The Holly-Lakeshore Trail is 2.4 miles and is only used for hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. The trail hugs two of the lakes' shores, Valley Lake and Wildwood Lake. Along the trails, you'll find bathrooms and picnic shelters and tables if you need to take a rest.
Wherever you are in the Holly Recreation Area, make sure your pooch is on a leash no longer than six feet. Also be sure to carry enough plastic poop bags with you so you can clean up after your dog. In addition, make sure your tail wagging friend is obedient and responds to your call.