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Hartwick Pines State Park

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Address: 4216 Ranger Road (M-93), Crawford County, Grayling, MI 49738
Phone Number: 800-447-2757; 989-348-7068
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Huge Pine Trees

I grew up in Grayling and in the early 80's worked for the DNR as a park ranger. It is the biggest stand of virgin white pine trees east of the Mississippi. This is what all of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Mike P
Roscommon, Michigan
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Roscommon, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I grew up in Grayling and in the early 80's worked for the DNR as a park ranger. It is the biggest stand of virgin white pine trees east of the Mississippi. This is what all of Michigan looked like prior to the lumber boom of the late 1800's There is a replica lumber camp with bunk house, general store,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love the hike through this last remaining old growth forest in lower Michigan. As you walk among these very tall trees, you get a different perspective from the other hiking trails in Michigan that were mostly clear cut a hundred or so years back. I generally camp at Wakeley Lake, or along the fishing streams nearby, but HP is... More 

Thank DLHirst
Culpeper, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

This state park is beautiful. The natural scenery and beauty is worth seeing and the ride to it is scenic. The museum and shop are also worth the visit. A must to see in Northern Michigan

Thank Ross T
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

My husband and I came up to visit friends that were staying at the park. We walked among the giant trees, so beautiful and peaceful. Be sure to go back and visit the old ccc campground, nice piece of history.

Thank Sue D
New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

Went twice within about 3 weeks because it was that nice! We have a stroller and the paved pathway through the old growth forest was great. THeres a beautiful Chapel in the old growth. Nice indoor facilities with educational displays about logging. They maintain this place very well. I highly recommend it for tree lovers.

Thank Janesays_11
Royal Oak, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

Visiting / walking through the Hartwick Pines State Park is a moving experience on many levels. As you progress first through the educational displays at the Visitor Center, & then outward into the forest on the handicap accessable paths, you are involved in the natural sanctuary around you. Numerous examples of the Logger’s Work abound in replica buildings & a... More 

Thank Ernest M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015 via mobile

Hartwick Pines is a State park that has trails to hike and a center to tell you all about trees. We had our own personal guide and tell us all about trees and how to tell the difference between pines. The park also has a museum of CC camps all for free.

Thank Sarah P
Tupelo, Mississippi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

This is such a beautiful natural area, plus very educational. After a nice, easy hike thru the old growth woods, there is a really nice lumber camp museum with many hands on activities for kids. Our group was all adults and in the fall there were no live demonstrations, but it was very interesting still. The staff there were very... More 

Thank Cabingal55
Frederic, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

My wife and I attended a demonstration of logging, including sawing logs into boards by an original steam engine power saw. There were also blacksmithing and wood carving demonstrations. The park offers these programs periodically during the summer and fall; the dates can be found on their web site. The park itself is glorious and the ranger station offers outstanding... More 

Thank Drew H
Grand Rapids
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

The family and I stopped there on a slightly rainy day, but with the tree canopy we didn't even get very wet while walking through the forest. My two boys enjoyed the walk and playing "old time" checkers in the lumberjack cabin. We all enjoyed ourselves and are planning on going back and camping at the state park campground next... More 

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