The Rouge Park Tallgrass Prairie is a section of Rouge Park, on Detroit’s far west side, that has been restored to its natural state as a tallgrass prairie. The prairie is approximately eighty acres in size and contains a path that has been set by the local advocacy group Friends of Rouge Park.
This small slice of ecotourism offers visitors a unique opportunity to see a type of landscape that was once abundant in Michigan, but is currently very rare. There are simply very few opportunities for one to walk through grasses that range in height from ten to fifteen feet in height.
As visitors walk through this prairie one will almost certainly see some of the wildlife that make their home here. This includes a multitude of butterflies and birds, among others.
A dedicated group of volunteers work to make sure that this attraction remains safe, clean, and environmentally sound. It is also free and open to the public.
As of this moment, there aren’t any signs marking the entrance to Rouge Park Tallgrass Prairie, although one is expected within the coming year. Regardless, the Friends of Rouge Park do have a map available here that makes it relatively easy to both find the prairie and navigate through it.
The Friends of Rouge Park offer periodic guided tours through the prairie as well. These butterfly walks, as they refer to them, allow visitors a chance to tour the prairie and some of the butterflies that live there. Information on upcoming walk is posted on their website.
A short video below offers a glimpse as to what visitors will see on one of these butterfly walks.
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