Purchased by Oakland County Parks in 1980, the main feature of Orion Oaks is Lake Sixteen, a 90-acre lake without a single house or condo on it in a corner of the state where everybody wants to live on the water. But the rest of the 927 acres is a mix of meadows and woods, ridges, hills and hollows. It's the rolling contour of the land, not the undeveloped lake, that makes Orion Oaks such an interesting place to hike, mountain bike or Nordic ski. The park's trail system was totally revamped in 1997 and then re-designated in 2009. Once a mishmash of old roads and two-tracks, the 10-mile system is now well posted and easy to follow, featuring a system of numbered junctions with locator maps benches, and boardwalks through wetlands. For many trail users Orion Oaks is not so much a designated route but a desire to be outdoors in a scenic setting, which might include the park’s high point, reaching the walk-in fishing docks on the west side of Lake Sixteen or viewing the tall pines between post No. 11 and No. 12. For this reason, the Orion Oaks Perimeter Loop has been highlighted on this map and features mileage flags. The route, parts of several loops, is a 2 to 4-hour walk for most people and includes all three. Created by MichiganTrailMaps.com the Orion Oaks County Park Map features 10-foot contour lines, all the park trails, junction posts and location of walk-in fishing piers on Lake Sixteen. A full description of the 5.5-mile Orion Oaks Perimeter Loop hike along with photos can be found on the MichiganTrailMaps.com website at: https://www.michigantrailmaps.com/member-detail/orion-oaks-perimeter-loop/
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