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“Very quiet, great for a true nature getaway...cabin quite o.k.” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Holly Recreation Area

Holly Recreation Area
8100 Grange Hall Road, Holly, MI 48442
(248) 634-8811
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Ranked #1 of 10 Attractions in Holly
Type: Parks, Outdoors
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Ontario, Canada
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Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Very quiet, great for a true nature getaway...cabin quite o.k.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

Travelled with teen for a mom daughter getaway ~ spur of the moment. Excellent park reservation system, our names could be pulled up quickly, easily....

We stayed on a Monday and Tuesday (only nights available) and the campground was desolate, a bit too quiet for my teen and even a bit for me. That having been said the showers were very sufficient for a campground and we could take over the bathroom, no problem;-)

I think for someone who truly wanted a break from crowds, noise and cement it would have been ideal. People were rolling in on Wednesday morning so perhaps the camp takes on a bit of a different flavor then.

It was really rainy in the evenings for both nights but there was something peaceful about the two of us reading (went to the outlet that afternoon and called it our version of camping to pick up a few things including books;-)...........for some reason I had energy galore and my teen could not get enough sleep.........a total switch from the usual. The mini cabin was fine and better than expected with microwave, mini-fridge, fan, lights and plenty of clothes hooks and clean. As mentioned the bathrooms and showers were up for grabs and a short walk so was part of the experience.

We visited the nearby towns ~ Holly has a most beautiful downtown. I live in a community of 2000 in Ontario and it comes nowhere near it in terms of beauty, charm, warmth and vitality. Spent one afternoon in the antique store showing my daughter some of the stuff I remember when younger;-) and loved it. Purchased champagne in the pharmacy ~ how cool is that! Would have loved to know of nearby riding stable. A good map of the the local area of about an hour's radius would be nice.

All campground attendants extremely polite and attentive, particularly for end of the season so my hat's off to them.

Travelling as a mom and daughter I felt safe which is always a concern even for the more adventurous.

Lots of construction machinery near the entrance as they work on paving the entrance ~ the swamps on both sides of the entrance a bit of an eyesore.

Heron Lake is more the type of lake for fishing than swimming so disappointing if you it's swimming you prefer, however, there were people swimming. Not crowded at all and beautiful scenery and boats to rent.
Glad we went, the only reason we may not return is because there are so many parks yet to explore.

Thank you Friends of Holly recreation and the Holly community for your hospitality!

Your Canadian Neighbours

Visited August 2013
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Windsor, Canada
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
“Nice campground, boring beach.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

The campground was great. Big, secluded campsites, huge fire pits, and great showers!! We were a little disappointed by the beach though. Being a man-made lake, the beach sand is very rough. Its also quite weedy and murky, and they won't let you swim out very far. They have buoys set up way too close to shore. The kids were bored.

Visited July 2013
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Farmington Hills, Michigan
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36 reviews 36 reviews
28 attraction reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
“Nice Park”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013

Beach is clean and the water is clear and refreshing. The campground was full, children s were plying everywhere. It was a day tour with 2 others friends with family. Nice BBQ facilities, clean everywhere. Park staff and enforcement agents were very helpful.

Visited May 2013
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Oxford, Michigan
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“Great all-around park!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

Heron Beach is very clean and the water is clear and refreshing. The campground has a section of secluded wooded sites, which we love. The disc golf course is top notch and the surrounding nature is well preserved. This is one of my family's favorite areas in Mid Michigan.

Visited September 2012
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Chelsea, Michigan
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4 attraction reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Great Place for Everything!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

We have camped here several times and enjoy ourselves thoroughly each time. There is so much to do! Campground is nice--heavily wooded, large sites. Activities have experienced leaders so they are well done. Hiking trails are beautiful. There are multiple lakes for just about everything. All around, it has everything you could want for a weekend/week long getaway.

Visited June 2012
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