We’ve all used Google Street View to check out housing, restaurants and tourist sites – but what if you could use it to preview a trail or waterway? Take a peak before you begin a trek or a kayaking trip? It might make life a bit easier. Well, if you’ve ever had that thought, today is your lucky day! The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) recently launched a new tool that does just that.
The digital resource, known as the Southeast Michigan Trail Explorer, makes it possible to tour 630 miles of regional trails on a computer or mobile device. It can be accessed from its own page on SEMCOG’s website here, but it has also been integrated into Southeast Michigan Parkfinder, the app that enables users to search more than 2,600 parks within Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne Counties.
“Southeast Michigan Trail Explorer makes it possible for lovers of the outdoors to preview some of our region’s greatest recreational assets and prepare for real-life adventures,” said Kathleen Lomako, executive director of SEMCOG. “[…] this enhancement highlights the beauty of our region while also enabling communities and recreation providers to showcase the outdoor experiences they offer.”
Trail Explorer features high-resolution, panoramic and digital 360-degree-image files of hiking and biking trails, trailheads and points of interest along trails, rivers and their banks, river access points and boat/kayak launches.
Specific mapping areas are:
Hiking and biking trails
- Macomb County: 36 miles, including Macomb Orchard Trail, Clinton River Park Trail and River Bends Park Trail
- Livingston County: 20 miles of Lakelands State Park Trail
- Monroe County: 14 miles, including River Raisin Heritage Trail, National Battlefield Park and Sterling State Park Trails
- Oakland County: 55 miles, including Addison Oaks County Park and the Clinton River, Paint Creek, Polly Ann and West Bloomfield Trails
- Clair County: 14 miles, including Blue Water River Walk in Port Huron and Wadhams to Avoca Trail
- Washtenaw County: 25 miles of Border-to-Border Trail
- Wayne County: 44 miles, including Detroit Riverwalk and Dequindre Cut, Downriver Linked Greenways and Hines Park Trail
- Macomb County: 60 miles, including Clinton River Water Trail and Lake St. Clair Water Trail
- Livingston/Oakland/Washtenaw/Wayne Counties: 115 miles of Huron River Water Trail
- Monroe County: 30 miles of River Raisin Water Trail
- Oakland County: 30 miles of Clinton River Water Trail
- Clair County: 125 miles of Blueways of St. Clair
- Wayne County: 62 miles, including Detroit River Heritage Trail and Rouge River Water Trail
So if you’re looking for a fun outdoor activity in Macomb County and beyond, check out the new trail explorer and map your journey in advance.
To learn about the variety of parks and natural resources specific to Macomb County, click here.
Megan Ochmanek is a communications specialist for the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development.