This section of the trail, which is largely contained within Sterling State Park, is adjacent to Ford Marsh and connects to the River Raisin National Battlefield Park, site of a pivotal battle in the War of 1812. 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. 

Located in the park is the Battlefield Visitor Center. Inside you'll find dioramas, two life-sized vignettes and a fiber optic map detailing the events of the battle. Also on display are original period weaponry.

Each January a memorial service is held to commemorate the anniversary of the battle.

The River Raisin Battlefield Visitor Center is located at 1403 East Elm Ave. and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays in June, July and August and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends in May, September and October. The phone number is 734-243-7136.

Visitors Center

The Battlefield Visitors Center

Kids digging

Kids at battlefield archaeology camp

Commemoration Ceremony

January commemoration ceremony

Battlefield display

Life-size vignette at Visitors Center


Outdoor pavilion at battlefield