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Malletts Creek Nature Area

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Park Address: ​1975 S Huron Parkway​, Ann Arbor, MI 48104​​

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Hours and ​Rules

Open 6 a.m.-midnight with quiet hours beginning at 10 p.m. Unless otherwise posted per City Council resolution, when a park is closed, no person shall remain in or enter it other than to quietly sit or walk.​ Refer to Chapter 39 of the City of Ann Arbor Code of Ordinances for park regulations and rules. Smoking is prohibited, and dogs must be on leash.


Malletts Creek Nature Area is a three-acre undeveloped natural area off of Huron Parkway just north of Washtenaw Avenue. View the Ann Arbor Parks & Nature Areas Map​ for location context.

Malletts Creek Nature Area is one of a number of city park properties with no trails or amenities. These natural areas represent a unique recreation and conservation feature of the city’s park system. In these relatively few spaces across the city, off-trail exploration is encouraged– a rare opportunity to meander through a wild space in our urban context. Visitors are also invited to reflect on the conservation value and biodiversity of these spaces, where the Parks & Recreation’s Natural Area Preservation staff and volunteers work to steward, restore and inventory the natural communities throughout the city’s parks.

Malletts Creek is a great location to watch birds. The namesake of this park, Mallets Creek​, flows through the park and is a major tributary to the Huron River. Many plants and animals call this sub-watershed home. As an urban stream, the Mallets Creek faces many challenges, but has seen much positive attention in recent years.​ The creek is very close to Huron Parkway, not hard to view.

Access an​​d Parking

There is no parking at the park. Parking is available at Huron Hills Golf C​ourse, about 1 mile north of Malletts Creek Nature Area.​

Huron Parkway, which borders the nature area on the west, has sidewalks but no bike lanes. ​​There are no bike racks at the nature area​.​

​Malletts Creek is a short walk down Huron Parkway from Huron Parkway Nature Area​ and a short walk from Braun Nature Area​.

Public Transit: The nearest bus stop ​is on the corner of Huron Parkway and Boulder Drive, less than a minute walk from the nature area. Visit The Ride​ for closest stops and route details or check out the parks ride guide​​.​​​​​​

​Using a phone? - Click for a GPS Tracker and Wayfinding Map


There are ongoing and limitless opportunities for volunteering and getting engaged with the Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation Services Unit. Natural Area Preservation has volunteer opportunities that support their mission to protect and restore Ann Arbor's natural areas and to foster an environmental ethic among within the community. If you are feeling the call to volunteer or give some time, reach out or explore the website above to see what’s upcoming or how to get involved.​​​​

Report a ​Problem - A2 Fix It

To report any maintenance issues or other problem during your park visit, please report through A2Fix It. When reporting an issue in a park please include location details. There is a details and description section near the end of the request process to help you provide this. In addition, users can utilize the pin (website) or X (mobile app) feature to provide specific location information inside the park. Finally, please consider including a wide angle photo or include background landmarks, which helps staff find and fix the problem.​

Gifts and Donations 

Information on donating to the parks and the Guide to Giving can be found he​re​. For special projects ideas in natural areas, Natural Area Preservation​ staff will guide you and provide project guidelines unique to natural areas.​​​​


Ann Arbor's city park​s sit on the ancestral and traditional homelands of several indigenous Native peoples. Read a land acknowledgement​ from the city and learn more about the early history of the land here​.​​

​​Updated April 2023. Email [email protected] for incorrect/outdated information.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​