Malletts Creek Nature Area

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Overview

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.

Park Notices

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.

Park Hours

6 a.m. – Midnight​


 
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Access and 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​.

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Public Transportation

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

History​​​

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



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