Northwest of Ann Arbor near Pinckney, the 11,000 acre Pinckney State Recreation Area has miles of trails open to hiking. A popular route is the 17 mile Potawatomi Trail. The trails all begin at the Silver Lake unit. The Silver Lake trail is a two-mile looped trail, the Crooked Lake trail is a five-mile looped trail and Potawatomi trail is a seventeen-mile looped trail. Trails are open to mountain biking and hikers who travel in opposite direction. The Losee Lake trail is a three and 1/2-mile loop open to foot traffic only. The Waterloo-Pinckney Trail is thirty-five miles and is closed to bikes.
The area is located in Washtenaw and Livingston Counties, fifteen miles northwest of Ann Arbor. For access from US-23, exit at number 49, turn west, travel eleven miles to Dexter-Town Hall Road, turn right. Entrance is one mile on left side of road. For access from I-94 is to exit at number 159, turn north, travel four miles to Werkner Road, turn right, follow the pavement to North Territorial Road, turn right, travel three miles to Dexter-Town Hall Road, turn left. Entrance is one mile on left side of road.
Overall, Potawatomi Trail is the 19th most popular hiking trail of all 32 hikes in Michigan.