The MSU Canopy Walk at Hidden Lake Gardens Near Ann Arbor is Now Open – And it’s Accessible

MSU Canopy Walk at Hidden Lakes Gardens Michigan

Get a Bird’s Eye View of Nature at MSU Canopy Walk at Hidden Lake Gardens

Hey Michigan!

After years of planning, fundraising, and construction, the canopy walk at Hidden Lakes Gardens finally opened near Ann Arbor in 2023.

Let us be the first to tell you: it’s a must-see!

Nestled inside of MSU’s Hidden Lake Gardens at 6214 Monroe Road, Tipton, MI 49287, this attraction is just 30 miles southwest of Ann Arbor.

(Hidden Lake Gardens is a 55-acre nature preserve owned and operated by Michigan State University.)

Now with the canopy walk, this once hidden garden gem is sure to be added to every Michigander’s must-do list.

Canopy Walk

With its acres of gardens, arboretum, and 12 miles of hiking trails, this place has been a hidden gem since 1926.

Now, with the Canopy Walk, they’re taking it to the next level.

On June 20, 2023, the Reach for the Sky Canopy Walk at Hidden Lake Gardens opened to the public.

Interview about Sky Walk Grand Opening

What to Expect at the Hidden Lake Gardens Canopy Walk

Feel like you’re walking among the treetops amongst the leaves and branches. See birds, insects, and woodland critters up close.

MSU Canopy Walk at Hidden Lakes Gardens Michigan - photo MSU FB page

Imagine strolling, deep in the woods, along a 700-foot long suspension bridge, while floating 65 feet above ground.

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Part of the canopy walk platform is see-through, offering a clear view of what lies below. Will you look?

That bird’s eye view might just come with a little adrenaline rush!

Stats – Canopy Walk at Hidden Lake Gardens

Fun facts about the canopy walk:

  • built out of Southern Yellow Pine
  • stands 65 feet above ground level at its highest point
  • the suspension bridge is 374 feet long
  • the entire structure is 726 feet long
  • it was created by Phoenix Experiential Designs, located in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, using mostly natural materials so it would blend in with it’s surroundings
MSU Canopy Walk at Hidden Lakes Gardens Michigan - Facebook Page

The Canopy Walk is Designed to be Accessible

This pathway blends into the surrounding woodland and is a nature connection on a whole new level – literally. And it’s accessible.

The Sky Walk is 36” wide and is wheelchair and stroller friendly. 

msu hidden lake gardens canopy walk is wheelchair accessible

A multi-access nature trail has been constructed to connect the Trailhead parking lot and the Sky Walk. Visitors of varying abilities are able to trek through the woodland and enjoy an engaging nature experience.

MSU Canopy Walk at Hidden Lakes Gardens Michigan - rendering from Facebook

To reach the canopy walk, get ready for a short walk— it’s a half a mile from the Visitors Center parking lot or a quarter-mile from the Hiking Trails parking lot.

*If walking, participants must be in reasonably good walking shape. 

Open Hours

The Sky Walk operating hours:

  • From April through October, the Sky Walk is open from 10 AM to 4 PM, Tuesdays to Sundays. Closed on Mondays.
  • From November to March, the facility is open based on weather conditions, check their Facebook for updates.

Please note that dogs and other pets are not allowed on the Canopy Walk at Hidden Lake Gardens.

2024 Admission Rates

The attraction, along with all other attractions at Hidden Lake Gardens, are included in the daily admission fee (or with an annual membership.)

  • $10 Adults (ages 18-64)
  • $8 Seniors (age 65+)
  • $8 Military & Veterans (ID required)
  • $5 Students (K-12, College with ID)
  • Ages 4 and Under Free


Hidden Lake Gardens Canopy Walk

About Hidden Lake Gardens

In 1945, Hidden Lake Gardens, a property located about 70 miles from Michigan State University’s (MSU) East Lansing campus, became part of the university’s collection when the land was donated by a businessman from Adrian.

MSU took on the responsibility of preserving, maintaining and developing this haven.

Today, in addition to the outdoor offerings, visitors can also explore the conservatory’s greenhouses and a seasonal bonsai tree garden.

Will You Visit?

Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below. We can’t wait to hear all about your own Canopy Walk at Hidden Lake Gardens adventure!

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