About the Adventure Quest
The Haven Hill “Adventure Quest” Trail Hike is a unique way to discover some special Michigan history in the outdoors. The Haven Hill section of Highland State Recreation Area is a treasure trove of history and natural wonder in a beautiful outdoor setting. The Adventure Quest is brought to you by Heavner Nature Connections and the Friends of Highland Recreation Area - two local Oakland County organizations dedicated to providing education and enjoyment of history and the outdoors.
Hikers follow the newly constructed Cedar Creek Trail in the Haven Hill section of the Highland State Recreation Area to visit a series of informative historic marker signs. These wonderful informational signs were created by the MotorCities organization, an affiliate of the National Park Service, that is dedicated to preserving, interpreting and promoting the automotive and labor heritage of the State of Michigan. Along the Cedar Creek Trail and within the texts of the informational signs are the answers to a multiple choice history "quest". Each team and its’ members gather quest knowledge to accumulate points, all the while getting healthy exercise and enjoying the beauty of the state park’s wilderness.
The Adventure Quest meanders through the Haven Hill section of the 5,000+ acre Highland State Recreation Area in Highland/White Lake, Michigan. The Haven Hill section of the Highland State Recreation Area was once a country estate owned by Edsel and Eleanor Ford. The trail enters the park through the historic Haven Hill Gate House, then back over and along Cedar Creek, the Haven Hill Lake Dam, up Haven Hill to the historic Carriage House and Lodge site, back down to the Farm Center, Edsel Ford Barn, and finishes at the Teeple Lake pavilion.
The AQ can be arranged for any time of year with a minimum of 2 weeks advanced notice. As a truly outdoor adventure, only severe inclement weather will result in cancellation of an Adventure Quest hike.
After finishing the Haven Hill Scavenger Hunt, participants will have learned a very special piece of Michigan history and enjoyed a fantastic day in the outdoors.