Hines Drive Park and Historic Segway Tour
Segway through the western suburbs of Detroit along beautiful Hines Drive, a 18-mile long road and parkway that follows the path of the Rouge River from Plymouth and Northville all the way to Dearborn. Hines Drive is an excellent place for Segway riding as well as walkers, runners, families and cyclists.
Along the route, the park offers dozens of pull off, photo opportunities and picnic areas for families, company picnics, softball games, Frisbee, walking, and more. Hines Drive is lined with baseball and soccer fields, hiking, biking and Segway trails, fishing docks, picnic areas and bathroom facilities. Exploring the cities of Dearborn, Plymouth, and Northville is an added bonus when traveling this multi-faceted parkway.
The biggest advantage Hines Park has for Segway Riders is the large, smooth shoulder along the road. The shoulder is about 4-6 feet wide, allowing riders to feel and be safer while on the road. Also, the 18 mile route has minimal stop lights for a continual, uninterrupted Segway riding experience. The park also shares access with the 275 bike path connecting to the Lower Huron Metro Park.
Autumn is the most beautiful time of year to explore Hines Drive as it is lined with beautiful trees you won’t want to miss this breathtaking color collage of leaves and foliage.
Hines Drive History
Prior to European settlement of the area, the Rouge served as the road through this country for local Indian tribes and for French and English trappers. Later, the river was a pathway for escaped slaves on their way to Canada along the Underground Railroad. Hines Drive was built in 1949 with land donated by Henry Ford and was named after Edward Hines, head of the Wayne County Road Commission. Along the way there are a number of historic mills, some of which Henry Ford used to make automobile parts.
Note: Sections of Hines Drive are located in a flood plain, which means the drive may be closed during periods of heavy rain. Ann Arbor Trail can be used as an alternate route and will take you along generally the same, though less scenic, path.