Located on the banks of the River Raisin in southwestern Washtenaw County, Sharon Mills County Park offers the opportunity to visit a significant historic site in a beautiful natural setting. Prior to its acquisition by the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission in 1999, Sharon Mills was most recently used to house a winery. The mill was originally constructed in the mid-1850s. It was then purchased and nearly rebuilt by Henry Ford in the 1930s for use as a small factory. Sharon Mills is listed as a State of Michigan Historic Site.
Along with the Mill structure, the site includes extensive interpretive signage, as well as fishing, picnicking, hiking, mountain biking, and canoeing opportunities. Interpretive programs are conducted at the park, discussing both the history and ecology of the site.
To learn more about planned recreation amenities and programs at Sharon Mills Park, please check-out the adopted 2016 Site Master Plan.
Mountain Bike Trails
This 264-acre park also includes a 3.8-mile hiking and mountain bike trail winding through open fields and along the mill pond. The trailhead is accessible from the west side of Sharon Hollow Road (north of Pleasant Lake Road) and connects to additional protected land owned by The Nature Conservancy (Nan Weston Nature Preserve) and the State of Michigan's Sharonville State Game Area, totaling more than 6,000 acres of sensitive habitat. (Please note: bikes are not allowed in the Nan Weston Preserve or Sharonville State Game Area.)
Weddings & Events
Sharon Mills County Park may be reserved for weddings and other private events through the 2022 season. Reservations, handled through an arrangement with the local catering firm of Food Art Catered Affairs, Inc., provide a variety of rental options.
For facility rental information, please contact the Sharon Mills events reservation line at 734-222-9098.
Please Note: Beginning in 2023, the facility will no longer be available for regular private event rentals as we implement the park's site master plan. The outdoor pavilion, however, will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.