Brighton Recreation Area provides almost 5,000 acres of recreation for park visitors to use. The area has a combination of high, irregular ranges of hills interspersed with a number of attractive lakes. Oak forest, thick hedgerows, and open spaces blend on the upland while grassy marshes, shrub masses, and dense swamp timber mark the lowlands.
Camping & Day Use: Brighton Recreation Area has a 144-site modern campground located at Bishop Lake that offers electrical hookups at each site and a modern restroom/shower building. There are two rustic campgrounds with 25 sites each: one located at Appleton Lake and the other at Murray Lake. For those who enjoy horseback riding, the park offers an equestrian rustic campground with 17 sites. The park also has an organizational/group use campground. For day use, the Bishop Lake Complex and Chilson Units both offer picnicking. Disc golfers will enjoy the 18-hole disc golf course at the Chilson Unit. Bishop Lake Complex also offers swimming, hiking, and biking trails. There are 6 picnic shelters available for reservation: 4 at the Chilson Unit and 2 at the Bishop Lake Complex Unit.
Equestrian Information: Brighton Recreation Area features full equestrian facilities including a riding stable, rustic campground, a staging area, and 18 miles of bridle trails. Don’t have a horse but want to go for a ride? Contact our riding stables at 6660 Chilson Road at 810-534-5063 or online at www.brightonrecridingstable.com.
Trail Information: Besides the bridle trail, Brighton Recreation Area offers three hiking trails and 6 mountain bike trails. Hikers can use biking trail, but bikers cannot use hiking trails. The Trailhead is located at Bishop Lake Complex on Bishop Lake Road.