Battlefield and Wetlands
This section of the trail, which is largely contained within Sterling State Park, is adjacent to the Ford Marsh unit of the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge, and is near to the River Raisin National Battlefield Park, site of a major battle in the War of 1812—the significance of which has been recognized with the River Raisin Battlefield’s designation as the newest unit of the National Park Service..
This area boasts a long and illustrious history and strong ties to the area’s original French habitants. The trail provides visitors with an outstanding opportunity to step back in time and experience the marshes and wetlands that the early French settlers first explored, hunted, and called home. Views of Lake Erie and of the natural habitats of indigenous wildlife and waterfowl are accessible from the main path and side trails. Bicyclists can experience nature on an extended ride and bird watchers can add unique species to their sighting list.
This section of the trail is an 8-10-foot wide asphalt path with several side trails and viewing decks. The trail can be accessed from Sterling State Park, the River Raisin National Battlefield Park, or the City of Monroe’s Multi-Sports Complex (on N. Dixie Highway west of the battlefield).
From the parking area at the start of the Sterling State Park Loop, shortest route to the Wetlands Trail Head is 1.5 miles.