Parks & Preserves in Northfield Township
Northfield Woods Preserve: Look for Northfield Woods Preserve when driving north of Ann Arbor on US-23. Here you will experience a high-quality woodlot, wooded wetlands, about 10 acres of active farmland, and an area in transition from former farm fields to woods. The property contains numerous vernal ponds, which provide valuable habitat for amphibians. Ferns and wild geraniums are abundant throughout most of the woodland. Another feature of the property is a large stand of shagbark hickory trees found at the northeast edge of the woods.
Directions: From US-23: exit #49 (North Territorial Road), eastbound. Turn right onto Nollar Road, then turn right onto Northfield Church Road. Take road past sharp bend south, preserve entrance is on the east side approximately 0.3 miles north of Joy Road.
Jennings Road Athletic Complex: Located at 168 Jennings Rd. in Whitmore Lake.
The existing facilities include a football field with bathrooms and bleachers. The site also has baseball and softball fields. Access to the site is from Jennings Road at the southeast corner of the property. A portion of the site in the northeast and southwestern corners is wooded and contains existing trail networks. There is also play equipment on the site for the little ones.
Whitmore Lake Bark Park: Located at the back end of the Jennings Road Athletic Complex near the running track, the Bark Park is a safe place for residents of Northfield Township and the surrounding areas to gather and exercise their dogs off leash within a fenced area, while enjoying the natural beauty of the surrounding athletic complex. The Bark Park is open 7 days a week from dawn to dusk. The park will be open during the winter, but please note there will be no winter maintenance performed. And PLEASE clean up after your pet!
Bark Park Rules
Whitmore Lake (7 Mile Rd.) Preserve: The 235-acre Whitmore Lake Preserve was purchased in 2013. The property contains a diverse landscape, including upland woods, open fields, a significant portion of Lawton Lake, and extensive wetlands. It also protects a large, contiguous area, keeping that significant habitat intact. Over 3 miles of trail (one way) let visitors explore diverse habitats, including, meadows, mixed hardwood forest, and wooded wetlands, with scenic views over a large marsh and small lakes.
Directions: From US-23: Take exit 49 (North Territorial Road) and head east on North Territorial. Turn left (north) on Nollar Road for about 2.6 miles. Turn left on 7 Mile Road. Preserve will be immediately on the right hand side.
Park Northfield: Located on Pontiac Trail, one-half mile west of Dixboro Road in Northfield Township, approximately eight miles from Ann Arbor. Park Northfield has been operated by the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission since 1973. This small, roadside park contains a lowland hardwood forest, a small marsh at its western edge, a large rolling open field, and a natural oak hedgerow along its eastern border. Park amenities include two picnic tables and an open play field. There are no restrooms at this facility.