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HOLLY, MI – This was 10 years in the making. A Southeast Michigan off-road vehicle park is now open to the public featuring 113 acres of challenging trails with another 122 acres in the works.
Holly Oaks ORV Park is located in Holly, Michigan, about 1hr NW of Detroit.
It is considered part of Holly Recreation Area, one of Michigan’s 100-plus state parks.
The park is operated by Oakland County Parks and Recreation, in partnership with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Parks and Recreation Division.
The site utilizes former and active sand and gravel mines, making it a destination for all types of ORVs, including:
Full-size vehicles, pickup trucks, side-by-sides, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), quads, motorcycles, minibikes, 4x4s, etc.
Some of the challenges include 4×4 trails, single track trails for motorcycles, steep hills, water crossings, rock crawls and more.
There’s also a 9,000-square-foot peak, called Mt. Magna, designed to replicate the experience of popular, massive rock formations in Moab, Utah. This feature was made possible through a donation from Magna Powertrain in Troy.
FEES AND HOURS
A $15/vehicle daily entry fee and an annual DNR ORV license ($26.25) and trail permit ($10) are needed to enter the park.
A DNR Recreation Passport or Oakland Co. Parks and Rec. Annual Vehicle Permits are not needed.
The park will begin selling ORV licenses and trail permits starting in mid-October, 2020.
Until then, visitors can purchase their ORV license and trail permit online by clicking here or at participating DNR license agents.
Operating hours will vary depending on the season. Current hours are:
- 2-8 p.m. Sept. 25
- 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sept. 26-27
- 2-7 p.m. Oct. 2, Oct. 9, Oct. 16, Oct. 23 and Oct. 30
- 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 3-4; Oct. 10-11; Oct. 17-18; Oct. 24-25; and Oct. 31
- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 1; Nov. 7-8; Nov. 14-15; Nov. 21-22; and Nov. 28-29
Winter hours will be announced by mid-October.
Sales will be capped at 500 per day at this time. Information will be posted on the Holly Oaks Facebook page once daily capacity is reached.
Tickets can be purchased two ways:
- Online starting at 9 p.m. the night before. Tickets purchased online can be shown on a mobile device or printed and brought to the park.
- In person at the ticket counter, which will be located at Mt. Holly until mid-October, then at the park contact station off Shields Road through winter (as capacity allows).
A ticket is needed for each vehicle that will be used in the park. Riders can bring several vehicles and rotate their use in the park, but if they want to use several vehicles at a time, each vehicle will need a ticket. A wrist band to attach to a vehicle or worn by an individual will be provided for each ticket purchased. Ticket sales will close two hours before the park closes.
Tickets can be purchased by those 18 and older.
Children 12 and under will be allowed to ride only with an ORV safety certificate from the state, or another state, with direct supervision.
Children ages 16 to 17 with a valid driver’s license can operate full size and street legal vehicles in the park with adult supervision.
10-foot flags are strongly encouraged
Park gates will open 1 hour before the park opens. Vehicles should not line up on Dixie Highway waiting to enter.
FUTURE OF THE PARK
The park’s additional 122 acres of ORV trails and terrain are expected to be ready for riders by 2023 as mining operations wrap up.
Holly Oaks ORV Park
13536 Dixie Hwy.
Holly, MI 48442
Purchase tix here
List of Holly Oaks 24 Adventure Areas