|Northville Downs Racetrack|
Hines Drive takes you through Hines Park within multiple cities and townships, it meanders along the Rouge River, indeed it was created as an overflow flood basin for the Middle Rouge River and helps to protect neighborhoods and homes from spring floods. The basin is in a valley and is one of the most scenic drives in the urban areas of Wayne County. The park is littered with ball diamonds, picnic areas, shelters, play sets, fishing spots, disc golf courses and the bike trail. You can find more information about the park here.
As a teen I fished many areas of the river and most of the lakes that the river passes through.
When I first set off, I headed south from the intersection of Sheldon Rd. and 7 Mile Road, it was a mistake. I missed the path and somehow ended up on a connector that is the Bennett Arboretum (link to information about the arb) it was built to connect and serve several neighborhoods right off of Sheldon between Six and Seven Mile roads. The path from Six to Seven Mile is nearly straight uphill, so I started my ride with an immediate big climb. I thought that the path would turn into the park and traverse the southern side of the drive but it kept climbing and climbing, all the while heading further and further from Hines Drive and trail. It was tough to see because the trail twisted and turned. It was an elegant portion of trail but carrying me in the wrong directions so about 3/4 of a mile into it, I oriented myself and turned around. My trip back to my beginning was swift because it was all downhill. The hilliness didn't end as I now headed eastward along Hines Park Trail. After about another half mile I was treated to another very large climb. Note to self, if you're looking to avoid big hills start the trail about 2-3 miles east of where I started. I have a link to a route mapped at Map My Ride here. This weekend is Greek Orthodox Easter with lots of preparations and I didn't have all afternoon for a leisurely ride so I only explored the upper reaches of the trail. I can't wait to get back and ride it's length. I snapped a few photos below.
This trio of photos comes from the Bennet Arboretum section of the trail
it was quite beautiful, with this Living Wall, boardwalks and stunning
climbs. This connector passes by some subdivisions with large, beautiful
estate size homes.
The next series of photos comes from the remains of the old Meads Mill and it's foundation
to the Rouge River Tour and the communities
that it meanders through, including Meads Mill. It
has lots of very old photos of a bygone era and the link is here.
This is where I should have parked because it puts you right
on the trail
|Just off the trail for a rest along the river|