Parks & Preserves in Northfield Township

Below is a list of Parks & Preserves in Northfield Township that are open for everyone's use and enjoyment.  For a more comprehensive list of recreational facilities throughout the township, click on the link to the left titled "Recreation Facilities List".

Community Park Billboard Northfield Community Park: The Northfield Community Park is 23 acres located next to the Whitmore Lake Post Office (9725 Main St.) with plenty of open space and lakefront views.  As part of the first phase, construction on paved parking and pathways will begin in July of 2023.  The township is working on acquiring additional grant funding to build additional amenities in the near future, such as restrooms, a pavilion, grills and play / exercise equipment along the newly constructed trail ways.

Existing features include the 1-mile perimeter trail (see below), a 9 hole disc golf course and picnic tables for visitor use.

Perimeter Path pic 6

Community Park Perimeter Trail: 
A 1 mile nature trail along the outer edge of the Northfield Community Park

Disc Golf Layout 2023

Community Park Disc Golf: 
Located at the Northfield Community Park, the disc golf course is a privately funded and installed 9 hole disc golf course. This course features 2 sets of tees at each hole. Bring your own discs.  Great course for beginners!

Jennings Road Athletic Complex: Located at 168 Jennings Rd. in Whitmore Lake. The existing facilities include a  football field with bathrooms and bleachers. The site also has baseball and softball fields, a walking/running track and play equipment on site for the little ones.  A portion of the site in the northeast and southwestern corners is wooded and contains existing trail networks.  Access to the site is from Jennings Road at the southeast corner of the property. 


Bark Park

Whitmore Lake Bark Park:  Located at the back end of the Jennings Road Athletic Complex near the running track, the Bark Park is a safe place for residents of Northfield Township and the surrounding areas to gather and exercise their dogs off leash within a fenced area, while enjoying the natural beauty of the surrounding athletic complex.  The Bark Park is open 7 days a week from dawn to dusk.  The park will be open during the winter, but please note there will be no winter maintenance performed.  And PLEASE clean up after your pet! 

Bark Park Rules



Northfield Woods Preserve: Northfield Woods PreserveLook for Northfield Woods Preserve when driving north of Ann Arbor on US-23. Here you will experience a high-quality woodlot, wooded wetlands, about 10 acres of active farmland, and an area in transition from former farm fields to woods. The property contains numerous vernal ponds, which provide valuable habitat for amphibians. Ferns and wild geraniums are abundant throughout most of the woodland. Another feature of the property is a large stand of shagbark hickory trees found at the northeast edge of the woods.  
Directions:  From US-23: exit #49 (North Territorial Road), eastbound. Turn right onto Nollar Road, then turn right onto Northfield Church Road. Take road past sharp bend south, preserve entrance is on the east side approximately 0.3 miles north of Joy Road.


Whitmore Lake Preserve Whitmore Lake Preserve: 
The 235-acre Whitmore Lake Preserve was purchased in 2013.  The property contains a diverse landscape, including upland woods, open fields, a significant portion of Lawton Lake, and extensive wetlands.  It also protects a large, contiguous area, keeping that significant habitat intact.  Over 3 miles of trail (one way) let visitors explore diverse habitats, including, meadows, mixed hardwood forest, and wooded wetlands, with scenic views over a large marsh and small lakes.
Directions:  From US-23: Take exit 49 (North Territorial Road) and head east on North Territorial.  Turn left (north) on Nollar Road for about 2.6 miles.  Turn left on 7 Mile Road.  Preserve will be immediately on the right hand side.  

Park Northfield
Park Northfield:  Located on Pontiac Trail, one-half mile west of Dixboro Road in Northfield Township, approximately eight miles from Ann Arbor.  Park Northfield has been operated by the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission since 1973. This small, roadside park contains a lowland hardwood forest, a small marsh at its western edge, a large rolling open field, and a natural oak hedgerow along its eastern border. Park amenities include two picnic tables and an open play field. There are no restrooms at this facility. 


Independence Lake County Park:  Located just outside of Northfield Township in Webster Township, Independence Lake County Park offers a multitude of recreational activities for park visitors, and features diverse habitats including wetlands, prairies and great stands of oaks.  This all-season park offers nature programs, ice fishing, and groomed trails for cross-country skiing or snowshoeing in the winter, and areas for biking, boating, fishing, hiking, picnicking, rollerblading, and swimming in the summer.  The park also offers a launch site for canoes, kayaks and motorized boats with ten or less horsepower (paddleboats and rowboats are available for rent).  We are located at 3200 Jennings Rd.  Visit us today! (Admission fees may apply.)

Whitmore Lake Boat Launch: Located at the northern end of Whitmore Lake in Green Oak Township, this MDNR run public boat launch offers a hard surface ramp with on-site parking. This site is managed by the Island Lake Recreation Area.  There is a user fee for this site