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Good up north experience

Loved this park for camping and close access to Lake Michigan! Lots of wilderness, trails and ok... read more

Reviewed November 6, 2018
Family Fun

We stayed in the bunkhouse cabins Labor Day weekend. Other than a shower Saturday afternoon while... read more

Reviewed September 19, 2018
Hudsonville, Michigan
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Reviewed November 6, 2018

Loved this park for camping and close access to Lake Michigan! Lots of wilderness, trails and ok rest rooms and showers. Want to come back again next summer. A bit crowded but so easy to get off on your own to hike and explore

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Emsqueek
Reviewed September 19, 2018

We stayed in the bunkhouse cabins Labor Day weekend. Other than a shower Saturday afternoon while we were at the Island, the weather was great. The bunkhouses are very basic. 12 sets of bunk beds and a table with chairs. There are small closets by...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 16, 2018 via mobile

This state park has beach areas for and without pets. The beach is sandy and the water stays shallow for a long while. Multiple campgrounds give you electricity or no amenities. We like it here.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank lyle7692
Reviewed September 11, 2018 via mobile

Wilderness State Park has “rustic” tent campsites. They are more secluded than a typical campground and most have Lake Michigan beachfront and lake views. Other campers walked over from the rv full hook up campground and told me how great my site and setup were.....and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank kevinjX2955LG
Reviewed August 18, 2018

I can't say much about the campground where you can park your RV or trailer as I was tent camping. There's an older tent camping site to the west of the RV park that seems a little cramped with everyone on top of each other....More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank BrianD317
Reviewed August 14, 2018

Stayed at the Pines loop for 2 nights in July/August ( Monday - Tuesday) Campground is just ok. There is no camp store nor wifi. You couldn't even make a call. Why i gave this 2 stars was because the Camp Host in Pine. On...More

Date of experience: August 2018
3  Thank Michelle M
Reviewed July 2, 2018

My son and I rented a cabin a couple times at Wilderness State Park. Easy to get to, basic accommodations that fully met our needs for peace and quiet along the Lake Michigan shore.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Dave P
Reviewed June 12, 2018 via mobile

Wilderness is great! I’ve been to Mackinaw City so many times and have stayed in the hotels with all the other people...but for a short drive away to be right on the lake with hardly any people is amazing. The park is a bit weird...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank MI_adventure_gal
Reviewed April 30, 2018

I have camped many places in Michigan throughout the years, and have found Wilderness Cabins to be my favorite. The camp grounds are kept clean. The cabins are great! If you are looking for some great times camping, this is the place to go. Will...More

Date of experience: July 2017
4  Thank Robert D
Reviewed March 7, 2018

This park is wonderful because it is truly wild. There are excellent hiking and biking trails, however, there are tons of places to explore off trail. One of our favorite things to do is hike the beach to Waugoshance Point and skip stones and write...More

Date of experience: June 2017
4  Thank SteveMonrovia
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January 17, 2019|
Response from lyle7692 | Reviewed this property |
I don’t believe they do. And if they do, I’ve known the state to winterize those also. You’d be best served to called them directly and ask the question.
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September 6, 2018|
Response from SteveMonrovia | Reviewed this property |
All of the hiking trails are open to biking EXCEPT Waugoshance point and any beach areas. Basically, any established trail. There are some nice flat sections and some hilly sections. Be sure to ask a ranger and note which... More
August 20, 2018|
Response from BrianD317 | Reviewed this property |
The tent sites have a fire ring, but no grills or grates. I used my Coleman stove to cook and the fire ring was solely for atmosphere.
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Wheeling, West Virginia
Wilderness State Park (3 Replies)
My niece and I have been to Mackinaw many times. We are going to go to the island in June for the Lilac Festival, but we will be in Mackinaw City for a couple days prior to going to the island. We would like to see/do something different. Have never been to Wilderness State Park. Any opinions on the park? Not All Who Wander Are Lost
March 11, 2017|
Response fromTRbeer|
We camped at Wilderness July 2013 and liked it. It's big, has nice beaches and good hiking
Chicago, Illinois
Northern Michigan Campground Itinerary Help Please (11 Replies)
Hi everyone, I'm looking for some recommendations on campgrounds in Northern Michigan. Me and my girlfriend are looking to head up north for about a week while spending a minimal amount of $$ on lodging,, planning on tent camping and still unsure where we are going to stay . We Love Traverse city area/ glen arbor and torch lake, but thinking about heading as far north as Pictured Rocks in the UP? Is it worth it? Any recommendations of campgrounds up that way would be helpful. I've also...More
August 07, 2012|
Response fromupnorth98|
I would look at the websites for the State Forest Campgrounds and National Forest Campgrounds if you are trying to be budget friendly. They don't have as many amenities, but you are paying significantly less. Often they are vault toilets with no showers. However, if you are swimming often, showers aren't always a necessity. And if you are moving from park to park, you can alternate one with amenities and one without. The state forest campgrounds in the Lake Ann area (outside of TC) are...More
Osceola, Indiana
U.P. in a week (6 Replies)
My husband and I will be traveling to the U.P. at the end of July. We were hoping to get to Porcupine Mountains, but decided that it would make things too hectic. Please let me know if you think this plan works, and allows time for short-moderate hiking and just enjoying the history and nature. Day 1- drive to Sault Ste. Marie, CA. Overnight at Sault Ste. Marie KOA. Day 2- Rendezvous in the Sault festival and a boat tour of the locks Day 3- early start heading to Whitefish Pt. & the...More
May 08, 2018|
Response fromlighthouselovertoo|
I think that will work. It is ambitous on day 3, but if you are up to it, can definitely be done. There will be daylight from 6AM until after 9PM. Don't forget your passports or birth certificates plus photo ID.