Holly Oaks ORV Park: Lower Main Loop

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4.7/5 (3 reviews)
Holly, Michigan (Oakland County)
Last Updated: 12/15/2023
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If you were in a desert dying of thirst and found water, you would call it an oasis. If you live in one of the major metro areas of the Great Lakes and found a place to go wheel, you would call it Holly Oaks! Just north of Detroit, Holly Oaks provides a wide range of 4x4 opportunities from mild to wild. The Lower Main Loop is perfect for everyone because you can keep it mellow or tackle Mt. Magna! While you are at it, check in to earn your Jeep Badge of Honor!

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Trail Navigation

Perched on a 106-acre former sand and gravel mine, the Lower Main Loop tracks around the outside border of the main south/southeast part of the Holly Oaks ORV Park and connects with countless other trails. Lower Main Loop has many obstacles, including steep hills, water crossings, deep mud pits, rock crawls, and a purpose-designed concrete peak covering 9,000 square feet. The center of the park does feature an access road called The Haul Road that any vehicle can easily travel if any of the other routes are above your abilities, but a stock, 4-wheel drive is needed to travel the Lower Main Loop. Holly Oaks ORV Park is open to all types of OHVs, including 4x4s, ATVs, side-by-sides, and dirt bikes. Open riding hours and days change seasonally, so be sure to visit the Oakland County Parks website to view the riding schedule.

A dune-style flag is required to ride in the park.

  • Vehicles requiring seat belts must have a warning flag mounted and extending over the frontmost portion of the vehicle.
  • Vehicles not requiring seat belts shall mount the warning flag on the rear of the vehicle.
  • The warning flag shall be mounted on a staff that is securely bolted, welded, or secured to the vehicle.
  • The warning flag shall maintain a minimum 10-foot height at a standstill and 8 feet in motion.
  • The warning flag shall be mounted on the topmost end of the staff.
  • The flag shall be rectangular, international orange in color, solid material, with a minimum length on the supporting side of five inches and a minimum length on the base side of 10 inches.

Park Tickets

  • Tickets for each day can be purchased online up to five days in advance. The park will post on its Facebook page if capacity is reached for the day.
  • To ensure a fun and safe experience, ticket sales are capped at 300 per day. Online ticket sales will stop two hours before the park closes. In-person sales will stop one hour before the park closes.
  • A ticket is needed for EACH vehicle that will be used in the park (not vehicles that will be left in the parking lot). Online and on-site tickets are per vehicle (not per person).

Additional Permits Needed

DNR ORV and ORV Trail stickers are required. You can purchase them at the park or at dozens of locations in/around Oakland County. Visit the DNR's website for a map of locations near you.

Trail Reviews

4.7/5 (3)
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1400
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Rated 4/5
Visited: 12/09/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

I've been to Holly oaks a number of times and it generally gets better as they continue to make improvements. Typical December weather in SE Michigan meant things were a little damp but staying out of the water holes we kept decent traction on the rocks where we really wanted to play. It's a good place to spend a few hours and has obstacles for everyone. Make sure to check the park schedule as they have limited hours/weekends in the cold months. 2024 calendar year schedule is in the pictures but you should be able to find it here as well: https://www.oakgov.com/community/oakland-county-parks/parks-trails/holly-oaks-orv-park
Trail Review: Holly Oaks ORV Park: Lower Main Loop - Colin Cole
Trail Review: Holly Oaks ORV Park: Lower Main Loop - Colin Cole
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/26/2022

What a fun exploratory route through the park! There are other more challenging aspects on this loop we didn't get to try due to the weather, so I look forward to returning when it's dry!
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150500
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/26/2022

Small, but definitely a cool park in the middle of an area where there is no other type of off-road recreation. The park designers have done an excellent job of creating trails and challenge features that will test any type of vehicle build. Definitely a place I want to visit again in the future when it's dry.
Trail Review: Holly Oaks ORV Park: Lower Main Loop - Ryan Boudreau
Trail Review: Holly Oaks ORV Park: Lower Main Loop - Ryan Boudreau
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