The Border-To-Border Trail is a long-range plan by the Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission to construct a continuous 35-mile non-motorized multi-use path along the Huron River in Washtenaw County from its northern to eastern borders.
Working in collaboration with many communities and organizations along the route, three sections of the planned trail have been completed so far: from Ann Arbor to Ypsilanti, west of Ypsi-lanti along Ford Lake, and a new section north and south of Dexter.
Hudson Mills to Dexter-Huron Metropark This newest section of the Border-To-Border Trail travels from Hudson Mills Metropark to the City of Dexter and through Dexter-Huron Metropark. A half-mile bike/pedestrian route through the City of Dexter (on Central Street) connects one section of the trail to the other. Future plans call for the trail to be extended further: north to Pinckney, west to Chelsea and south to Ann Arbor.
The Hudson Mills Metropark to Dexter section is a joy ride through a lush natural setting of woodlands, wetlands, meadows and gently rolling hills. It includes 4.75 miles of paved path and elevated boardwalks along the west edge of the Huron River and a 3-mile loop around Hudson Mills Metropark. Interpretive signs keep you informed about the history and natural features along the way. To enjoy one continuous 12.5-mile round trip, we recommend starting your journey at Mill Creek Park in downtown Dexter. When you return, head east to explore another new section of trail.
The new 1.5-mile section of trail through Dexter-Huron Metropark begins on Central Street at the northeast side of the railroad crossing. This thoughtfully landscaped trail guides you through shady wooded terrain and a bridge over the Huron River to a series of picnic areas along the river. Dexter-Huron Metropark is also a good place to begin your journey to Hudson Mills Metropark and back for a total round trip of 16.5 miles. In historic downtown Dexter you'll find ample parking, a quaint business district with fun specialty shops and plenty of good places to eat.