Hartwick Pines State Park

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Hartwick Pines State Park
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kmshibatravel
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Kirtland's Warblers and beautiful forest
Jun 2021
We participated in the Kirtland's Warbler tour and had a great experience. The tour is offered by Hartwick Pines and Michigan Audubon. Craig was a terrific guide and made the entire tour enjoyable. Over the course of a couple hours at the site, we saw multiple Kirtland's Warblers and got some great photographs. Throughout the entire tour, Craig patiently answered the group's questions and helped birders of all experience levels look for and find the warbler.

Everyone in the tour group was friendly and full of enthusiasm. Throughout the tour, the group swapped stories, birding tips, and made sure everyone got to see the warbler. The group made this experience even more fun! We highly recommend this tour for birders and non-birders alike.

We came back the next day to tour the visitor center, the logging museum, and walk the trails. The staff at both locations were very friendly and helpful. The museum had interesting displays and we met a historical reenactor that taught us about the life of a logger. The trails are clearly marked and wind through beautiful forest. Definitely time well spent.
Written June 18, 2021
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Linda R
Shelby Township, Michigan19 contributions
Nature's haven
Jun 2021
Beautiful state park with peaceful trails amongst the old growth white pines. Wonderful displays of the history of logging the white pines and other trees. A must see when traveling through Grayling!
Written June 18, 2021
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Marci D
Saginaw, MI13 contributions
A great experience
Jan 2021
What a treasure to have this in our state! Beautiful and well-marked trails, great history. There is an AMAZING chapel in the middle of the woods on the Old Growth Trail.
Written January 26, 2021
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D H
JACKSON316 contributions
Great campground, spacious sites!
Jul 2020
Great state park campground with large clean sites. Some with trees and shade. Does seem to get busy and full fast, but also quiet and peaceful at the same time.
Restrooms appeared to be cleaned regularly while we were there. We definitely want to return next summer with a couple of more people with us and do some more kayaking in the area.
Written January 8, 2021
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Michelle C
Belmont, MI125 contributions
Peace and Quiet
Sep 2020
Nice, quiet park - we were here Tuesday through Friday. Great place to relax and unwind - bring a book because you won't be needing your electronic devices. Drove 4 miles into Grayling for cell service.

If you're antsy, drive to Gaylord for a great turkey dinner at Gobblers - really delicious and real mashed potatoes.

Also visited the Elk herd park in Gaylord - be patient - it might take 10-15 minutes for the elk to appear; glad we waited around for them.

Would return in the future -
Written September 4, 2020
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loves2tan
Michigan48 contributions
A definate stop
Aug 2020
What a beautiful park. The visitor center was very informative on the logging history. Nice walkable pathways throughout.
Written August 17, 2020
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Karen W
Kalamazoo, MI109 contributions
Relaxing Beauty Among the Pines
Jul 2020 • Couples
Beautiful State Park! Great for camping. Quiet and peaceful. Truly the middle of nowhere, but that only adds to the experience. We were camping and the only issue was no wifi or tv reception. Really had to unplug. Which wasn't all bad. Besides the beautiful pine forest and the stand of virgin timber(Old growth) , there is an interesting Logging Museum, a quaint little chapel, and a beautiful 1920's era log life-like memorial building in honor of Major Edward Hartwick, whose wife donated the land to the state in his honor after his death in World War I. Also lots of nice picnic areas and several very nice playgrounds for children. Can't wait to go back!
Written July 17, 2020
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duncan12424
Grand Haven, MI350 contributions
Gorgeous Michigan State Park
Feb 2020
In the summer this is a historic Michigan Lumberjack camp. In the winter it is miles of skiing and snowshoeing trails winding through natural pine forests. Fabulous!
Written February 16, 2020
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Steve5863
Avon, OH12,679 contributions
So Little Left
Aug 2019
It is hard to believe that at one time most of the lower peninsula of Michigan was covered with an old growth white pine forest of which only 49 acres remain today, protected by Hartwick Pines State Park. Despite the relatively small size of the remaining old growth forest, we still enjoyed walking the paved trails amongst the few remaining giants and observing the colorful song birds, squirrels and even a few deer that inhabit the remaining pines. The log chapel was also interesting and quite picturesque.

The museum in the visitor center, focused upon the natural history of the white pine forest, is very good and interesting. The ranger on duty was very friendly and knowledgeable of the pines’ environment and the past logging history of Michigan. While the logging museum was closed during our visit, we could still see much of the specialized logging equipment that enabled the loggers to produce vast quantities of lumber year-round during Michigan’s logging heyday.
Written December 24, 2019
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William B
East Lansing, MI36 contributions
A day among BIG trees, and an education to boot!
Oct 2019
A must see if you are in the area (reasonably close to Sleeping Bear Dunes). The old growth forest is a vision of what Michigan and most of the upper mid-west to New England might have looked like when the English settlers arrived. Huge White and Red Pines (and Hemlock and Beech) growing straight up to the sky -- hence the English's interest in keeping her colonies if she was going to be able to get masts for her naval ships! Very nice museum of the logging industry in recreated camp housing. The main interpretive Center is a wealth of information as well. Admittedly, the old trees are declining, so the Park is not eternal -- go see it before its gone :-)
Written November 24, 2019
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