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Miller Nature Area

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Park Address:​ ​1705 Mille​r Ave, Ann Arbor MI 48104​

Access          Amenities          History

Hours and Rules

Open 6 a.m.-midnight with quiet hours beginning at 10 p.m​. Refer to Chapter 39 of the City of Ann Arbor Code of Ordinances for park regulations and rules. Smoking is prohibited, alcohol is prohibited, and dogs must be on leash.  ​

Overview​

​​Miller Nature Area is a 22-acre nature area located on the city's west side between Miller Avenue and Arborview Boulevard. View the Ann Arbor Parks and Nature Areas map​​ for location context.​ Paths enter the park from Arborview and Miller. It is not hard to get lost on the park’s network of winding trails, so take care when hiking. The trails meander through old field remnants with many flowers and forested areas with some magnificent elm trees. This park is a good place for birders and butterfly enthusiasts during the spring and summer months.​

Access and Parking

​There is street parking at the Arborview Bou​levard entrance​ on the south end of the park. There are trail entrances off of Miller Avenue on the north end of the park, but there is no street parking on Miller Avenue. There is street parking near the Grace Street entrance​.

The park is accessible on bike and foot by walking and riding through the neighborhood streets, and by traveling along Miller Avenue. There are sidewalks along the neighborhood streets. There are sidewalks and bike lanes on Miller Avenue.

Public Transportation: The nearest stop​ is immediately adjacent to the park on Miller Avenue. Visit The Ride for closest stops and route details or check out the parks ride guide. ​


Amenities

  • Unpaved trails, view trail map
  • Landfill receptacle and bench at Arborview Boulevard entrance



Volunteer

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 its citizens. 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.​​​

History​

The land that became Miller Nature Area was originally logged in the 1800s and then used as farmland. After 1950 the land was used as a gravel pit, supplying stone to the nearby houses.  The geography of the area shows evidence of both activities. The land was purchased by the city in 1976 from Philip and Clara Seymour and Charles and Rita Gelman. The park site was then annexed from the Township of Ann Arbor to the City of Ann Arbor in 1978. Even after it became parkland, the area was subject to illegal dumping. Volunteers and stewards with Natural Area Preservation (NAP) have helped curb the waste dumping and restore the area, promoting the growth of native species, after a long history of land ​exploitation.​ Learn more about the history and restoration efforts at Miller Nature Area:

Park Focus: Miller Nature Area by ​​Dana Wright, 2003



Updated October 2021. Email [email protected] for incorrect/outdated information. ​​​​​