Bald Mountain Recreation Area

Bald Mountain State Recreation Area of Oakland County, Michigan

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Trail Distance:

16.6 miles long.


Beach and Day use entrance is on M-24 approx. 2 1/2 miles from I-75
Headquarters: From M-24 (Lapeer Rd.) go about 1.5 miles east on Greenshield.

Trail List:

Trail Description:

1330 E. Greenshield Road
Lake Orion MI 48360-2307
Phone Number: (248) 693-6767
TTY/TDD711 (Michigan Relay Center)
Motor Vehicle Permit Required: Yes
Approximate Size: 4637 (Acres)

Cross country ski trail is groomed.

Bald Mountain Recreation Area consists of 4,637 rolling acres. The picturesque park area has some of the steepest hills and most rugged terrain in southeastern Michigan. Camping is limited to rustic cabins, but the extensive trails, inland lakes, trout streams and wild game provide recreation opportunities all year long.


  • Hunting - The park is open to hunting and trapping during regular seasons from September 15 to March 31. Species with excellent to good hunting include goose, deer, rabbit, squirrel, woodcock, duck, raccoon and woodchuck. Partridge, pheasant and turkey seasons have not been as successful. Trapping success for muskrat, mink and beaver has been noted.
  • Playground - These play areas offer a variety of playground equipment for children.
  • Beach House - Provides clothes-changing area for swimmers.
  • Swimming - This sandy beach located on Lower Trout Lake was honored in 1986 as Detroit Monthly's "Best of Detroit" award.
  • Fishing - Graham Lake in the north draws the most anglers. Trout Creek and Paint Creek are designated trout streams. Pan fish, northern pike and largemouth bass can be found in all lakes. Two universally accessible piers makes fishing available to everyone. One pier is located East Graham and one at Lower Trout Lake.
  • Canoeing - The north unit lakes are small and not conducive to major power boating, making them popular among canoers and kayakers.
  • Picnic Area - Picnic tables and fire pits/grills
  • Picnic Shelter(s) - Two picnic shelters can be reserved for family or company events. For information contact the park.
  • Shooting/Archery Range - NOTE: All ranges at Bald Mountain are closed for construction at this point in time. Click here for additional information about this shooting range.
  • Hiking - Contains some of the steepest hills and most rugged terrains in southeast Michigan. Fifteen miles of marked hiking trails.
  • Mountain Biking - Nearly 15 miles of trails are available in two parcels. To the north, the Green, White, Blue and Orange trails are shared with hikers. Parking and trails can be accessed from Lake George, Premore, Miller and Harmon roads. To the south, the Red, Yellow, Orange, Blue, Green and White trails, also shared with hikers, can be accessed from Greenshield and Kern roads. Mountain bikes are discouraged while trails are snow-covered to make way for cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.
  • Snowmobile Area - Allowed with 4" of snow or more on the ground. Seven miles of trails are available in the south end of the park for this winter recreation opportunity.
  • Boating Access Site/Launch - Access for boating and fishing. Boating access sites are located at Lake Orion, Squaw Lake, and Lakeville Lake. Park launch sites are at East Graham Lake, Lower Trout Lake, Prince Lake, Chamberlain Lake, and Shoe Lake.
  • Cross Country Ski - Eight miles of trails in the north unit are groomed for this use.
  • Metal Detecting Areas - Metal detecting is recognized as a legitimate recreation activity when it is conducted in ways that do not damage the natural and cultural resources in Michigan State Parks nor violate applicable state statutes. If you wish to use a metal detector in this state park, here is a map that shows clearly where this activity may take place. Any items found must be reviewed by park staff and may be retained for further investigation.

Meadowbrook Music Hall, Meadowbrook Theater, Pine Knob, the Palace of Auburn Hills, Comerica Park and the Silverdome are all within 20 minutes of the park's headquarters. Easy access from the park to Paint Creek Trail and Pollyann Trail. These are rails-to-trails facilities owned and maintained by multi-governmental agencies. Please check the DNR Calendar for upcoming events at this location and at all state parks and recreation areas.

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