Highland Recreation area is one of the more unique Parks in Southeastern Michigan. Mainly because so much of it dates back so far and remains unspoiled.
The old Ford Lodge at HAVEN HILL. Only the foundations remain
Like the Haven Hill estate built by Edsel Ford in the late 1920s, and the designated Natural Area that surrounds the Dammed Haven Hill lake Edsel formed when he first purchased the land.
The Ford Fountain area. Secluded and peaceful setting.
The Ford Pool. Now appears to be in the middle of the forest.
Much of what is now Highland Recreation area was either part of the Edsel Ford Estate or the Dodge Brothers hunting retreat, or was just old family Farmsteads. All these parcels of land eventually came together to form Highland Recreation area. Most have not seen anything else but original Homesteading since the late 1800s, until they where either purchased or donated to the state of Michigan to eventually form the Park.
The diversity of habitats and the huge differences of micro environments due to the ever rolling hills that make up the Park, have produced some of the most unique settings of any Park in S.E. Michigan. Many of the highest points in S.E.MI. are in the Park itself.
The Park is also home to many, many natural Springs. These Springs, along with the changing elevations, again, have formed some micro ecosystems that support many different kinds of plants and animals.
The Ford Estate Dog Kennels
If you are looking for a truly diverse Nature experience, or want some Natural History that dates back to the earliest Homesteads, or want to experience some of the lifestyles of Edsel Ford and his family at what was their Estate, then Highland Recreation is your destination.