While you hike around the Haven Hill and Sheep Barn areas of Highland Recreation area, you may notice things that do not seem correct for what is suppose to be a nature trail. In many cases it is because the trail you may be on was not created as a trail, but rather, was something else many years ago. The Chief Pontiac trail fore-instance, was the access road for the FORD Estate off of Duck Lake road, (a gravel road in 1924) This old access road dates back to one of the oldest surveys done in the area in 1909 as well. According to word of mouth, the trail-road goes back beyond 1909 when it was one of the main Native American trails in the area.
So from old trail, to old access roads, to modern nature trails, this east west trail through the Haven Hill area is history in itself. Look around closely the next time you are hiking this trail and picture Model Ts, Farmers wagons pulled by horses and Native Americans on their way to their encampment or hunting. All these pictures could have happened anywhere along this trail. This is just some of the wonders that are Haven Hill and places in the Highland Recreation Area.