Bald Mountain Recreation Area- North and South Unit Trails, Lake Orion

Directions: http://www.michigandnr.com/parksandtrails/mapping.aspx?id=435&type=SPRK
http://roadnow.com/i75/gmap.php?la=42.6922145189677&ln=-83.2512187957763&hname=I-75+exit+81%2C+Northbound
 
North of Detroit, MI in Oakland County, Michigan
I-75 north to exit 81 north on M-24(Lapeer Rd) towards Lake Orion
South Unit is off of West Scripps, Walden Rd, and Greenshield Rd (hunters use these more)
Slightly south on M-24 from Waldon Rd is the Bald Mountain Lake/Picnic Area entrance
Continue north on M-24, turn right on E. Flint Street, right on Orion Rd, left on Stoney Creek Rd, Left on Harmon rd to find the North Unit Trails

Trail Information: http://www.michigandnr.com/parksandtrails/details.aspx?id=435&type=SPRK 
http://www.michigantrailmaps.com/Oakland/BaldMountain/ParkMapEnlarged.html 

Miscellaneous Information: Oakland County is full of places to run. I have lived in The Lake Orion area most of my life. I started recreational trail running in 2012. I have mountain biked and hiked on the North Unit Trails at Bald Mountain Recreation Area since 1994.  They do not have super high elevation but good a few good size hills that make biking challenging and hiking and trail running fun.
The South Unit has trails that go through meadows and around the lake at the Lake/Picnic area.  
The North Unit borders the Addison Oaks Oakland County Park which has trails to run on.  I camp there and run there when I'm not camping in the warmer months.  Orion Oaks is a second favorite place to run in long beautiful meadows. The Paint Creek Trail is down the road from my house off a dirt road. It is an old railroad that had been converted to a well maintained gravel trail that goes from Lake Orion To Rochester (8.9 miles). I have biked this whole distance and ran shorter parts of it.  It has a slight grade to the elevation and is a good alternative to running on roads. It butts up to Bald Mountain Recreation Area near Lake Orion.
 
http://www.destinationoakland.com/parksandtrails/mapspublications/Documents/AO%20Trail%20map_2012.pdf
 
http://www.destinationoakland.com/parksandtrails/mapspublications/Pages/ParkMaps.aspx  
 
http://www.paintcreektrail.org/assets/pdf_files/Maps/PaintCreekTrailMap_2012_color.pdf

Ericka Schultz