Hikers follow the new Cedar Creek Trail 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 path and within the texts of the informational signs are the answers to a multiple choice history quiz. Each team and its’ members gather answers to accumulate points, all the while getting healthy exercise and enjoying the beauty of our state park’s wilderness. 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.

History and Famous People

Haven Hill Estate - Edsel Ford's "Nerve Retreat"

Edsel Ford - (November 6, 1893 – May 26, 1943) was the only son of Henry Ford and president of Ford Motor Company from 1919 to his death in 1943.

Eleanor Ford - Eleanor Lowthian Clay (1896–1976), the niece of department store owner J. L. Hudson

The Ford Family -  They Fords had four children: Henry Ford II (1917–1987), Benson Ford (1919–1978), Josephine Clay Ford (1923–2005), and William Clay Ford (1925–2014)

Genevieve Gillette - (May 19, 1898 – 1986) was an early conservationist in Michigan. She was born in Lansing on May 19, 1898 and attended Michigan Agricultural College, Michigan State University. She was the only woman to graduate in the college’s first landscape architecture class in 1920. Gillette moved to Chicago where she worked in the office of noted garden designer, Jens Jensen.

 Thomas Edison - (February 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931) was an American inventor and businessman. He developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and a long-lasting, practical electric light bulb.

Admiral Byrd - (25 October 1888 – 11 March 1957) was an American naval officer who specialized in feats of exploration. He was a pioneering American aviator, polar explorer, and organizer of polar logistics.

Jens Jensen- (September 13, 1860 - October 1, 1951) was a Danish-American landscape architect. Jens Jensen worked with famed architect Howard Van Doren Shaw. He designed the Haven Hill Estate for Edsel Ford.




Personal Skills

Team Skills - The AQ will help to develop team skills in all of its participants.

Endurance  - is the ability of an organism to exert itself and remain active for a long period of time, as well as its ability to resist, withstand, recover from, and have immunity to fatigue. 

Leadership - With a goal of reaching the end point of the Quest will develop leadership skills in individual members of each team.

Determination- Only determined Quest seekers will reach their goal.

The Outdoor World

The Haven Hill National Natural Landmark - South of Highland Road ( M‑59) and east of Duck Lake Road lies the 721-acre (292 ha) Haven Hill Natural Area and National Natural Landmark, a component unit of the Highland Natural Area. MDNR describes Haven Hill as an area that contains "all of southern Michigan's principal forest types within one small area, including swamp forest of tamarack, cedar, beech-maple forest, oak-hickory forest, and mixed hardwood forest.

Plants and Animals - Haven Hill and the entire Highland State Recreation Area are home to a wide variety of plant and animal life.

Forests - controls the aspect ratio (width:height) for the gallery active slide.

Glacial Topography - enable a gallery to cycle through to the first slide after the last slide.

Huron River Watershed - Cedar Creek, Haven Hill Lake are part of the great Huron River watershed. The waters within Highland State Recreation Area and it's surrounding communities all eventually form the great Huron River as it travels to Lake Erie. The Huron River is a 130-mile-long (210 km) river in southeastern Michigan, rising out of the Huron Swamp in Indian Springs Metropark in northern Oakland County and flowing into Lake Erie on the boundary between Wayne County and Monroe County.

Navigation/Direction Finding

Which Way is North? - sets the color behind the product image.

Map Utilization - Hikers will be given a map to follow for the length of the Quest. Map following skills will be a must in order to navigate each landmark.


Outdoor Volunteering - Exposure to the outdoors and the historic structures of Haven Hill will inspire Quest team members to consider volunteering in their future.


Haven Hill Structures - Hike participants will be exposed to the volunteer work of the Friends of Highland Recreation Area and be inspired by the efforts of the all volunteer organization.