River Miles 100-98
Milford, a village of 6,300 is the first Trail Town to greet trail users paddling through to Lake Erie for the 104-mile journey. From landing or launch at Central Park it’s a short walk to downtown where casual restaurants, ice cream shops, and specialty stores await.
Drop the boats in upstream at Proud Lake State Recreation Area and enjoy the seemingly unspoiled landscape with clear waters inhabited by scored of bird species and other wildlife on the 4.5 mile trip to Milford.
Or launch your journey at Milford’s Central Park, with its ample parking and a picnic area then head downstream to Kensington Metropark, Island Lake State Recreation Area or Huron Meadows Metropark.
Milford has extensive equestrian, cycling, and hiking trails weaving through and around the Village. The Milford Trail links downtown to miles of scenic open space and panoramic views of the Huron River valley. It offers the perfect arrangement for a paddle and pedal–float the Huron River and explore the ribbon of regional parks surrounding the village by bike.
Milford’s charismatic, traditional downtown, established just before the turn of the century, but renovated to an Old World style, is on the National Register of Historic Places. The historic core of the village is located on both sides of a bend on the Huron River at the point where Pettibone Creek flows into the Huron. Both river and creek furnished water power to early settlers. The land surrounding the Village was primarily farmland that is now large residential lots and subdivisions, with one-third of the township outside the village being parkland or the General Motors Proving Ground.
Summertime brings the farmers market, Milford’s famous sidewalk sales, the Milford Memories art festival, and the Milford Classic Car Show. La Fontaine Family Theater in Central Park features a Thursday evening Summer Concert Series, and Center Street park hosts bands and fine arts the forth Friday of each month.
Two nearby outfitters offer trips and rentals:
Heavner Canoe and Kayak Rental is a family-owned 50-year old business that also features educational programs for all ages to explore and enjoy the outdoors.
Village Canoe Rental is located closer to town on Milford’s east side.
A bike shop is also located nearby: Vincere Cycles at 236 W Summit Street.