Michigan offers numerous state parks packed with interesting activities for families looking to have a great time.
Encompassing a 48-acre area, Grand Haven State Park is known for Lake Michigan's beautiful sandy shore to the west and the Grand River in the north. The park provides spectacular views of the Grand Haven Lighthouse and Lake Michigan. The state park features 174 campsites and a beautiful beach area. The park offers various exciting activities that include camping, sunbathing, swimming, fishing, picnicking, and volleyball.
This state park contains a gorgeous beach on the Grand Traverse Bay, and the park is a popular campground featuring 350 campsites. Power boating and sail boating are favorite Traverse Bay water activities. Fishing charters are also available for visitors in Grand Traverse Bay.
Situated on the shore of Lake Huron, this state park provides visitor access to the Great Lakes. The park has two campgrounds with a total of 250 campsites, and all sites feature a fire circle, electricity, a picnic table and a modern shower along with camp pads and pull-through sites. Both campgrounds offer a wide range of recreational activities for the whole family such as fishing, boating, and hiking.
No matter the season, visitors can find a wide variety of trails for hiking in every part of Michigan.
Located along Lake Michigan's eastern shore, the park’s lakeshore beaches and large dunes make it one of the most popular state parks in Michigan. With six miles of hiking trails, three miles of shoreline, and 1,952 acres of beach, dunes, and forests, visitors will never get bored in this state park. Tower Hill, the park’s highest point stands 240 feet above the lake and offers scenic views and hang gliding opportunities. On the hike, visitors will be able to see the various types of dunes from this park.
Nestled between the shores of Hamlin Lake and Lake Michigan, Ludington State Park encompasses about 5,300 acres and has several ecosystems that include forests, dunes, a lake, a dam and a river. This State Park is home to several hiking and biking trails including 21.5 miles of hiking trails, 2 miles of bicycle trails, 10 miles of ski trails and a 4-mile canoe trail.
This state park encompasses a 600-acre area and is situated in Huron County in Central Michigan. It offers excellent recreational opportunities that include hiking, camping, hunting, dunes, wetlands, and beaches. The park features a 2-mile loop trail attracting visitors round the year. Following your hike, enjoy the incredible views of Saginaw Bay, Lake Huron and immerse yourself in the region’s peaceful surroundings.
If you are looking for some adrenaline rush opportunities, state parks in Michigan have got you covered.
The highlight of the park are the gorgeous Tahquamenon Falls, which consist of two different waterfalls. The Upper Falls is one of the largest waterfalls in the region with a drop of about 50 feet. The park offers a wide range of recreational opportunities. During the summer and spring, camping, backpacking, fishing, hiking, canoeing and nature study are popular activities. Winter provides an opportunity for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling with miles of marked trails.
The state park consists of 10,512 acres and offers a beautiful shoreline and wilderness areas to observe nature from the various trails throughout the park. The state park is home to 22.75 miles of mapped trails, which include a 5.5-mile-long section of the North Country Trail. Recreational activities include mountain biking, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, picnicking, fishing, and camping in the park's 250 campsites.
The state park covers 303 acres of scenic area and provides a playground, picnic tables and grills, campgrounds, and a fabulous mile-long sandy beach on the bay. The park has two modern campgrounds including Tannery Creek, with 98 campsites, and the Dunes, with 70 campsites. A paved bicycle path traverses the state park linking Harbor Springs and Petoskey. The Portage Trail passes through diverse terrain where you can enjoy different species of native plants and wildlife.