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Headlands International Dark Sky Park

15675 Headlands Rd, Mackinaw City, MI 49701-8612
+1 231-348-1704
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Great sunset

I drove and drove until I couldn't drive any more. Which you can't get lost. Went down the stairs... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Stanton, Michigan
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Beautiful Quiet and Serene

Great place for quiet activity from the hectic city noise and lights. Truly a stress reliever... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“viewing area” (21 reviews)
“night sky” (15 reviews)
“milky way” (14 reviews)
15675 Headlands Rd, Mackinaw City, MI 49701-8612
+1 231-348-1704
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I drove and drove until I couldn't drive any more. Which you can't get lost. Went down the stairs and walked not very far to the beach to find a place to set. Amazing place to watch the sunset. Wanted to stay on watch the...More

Thank renob88
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place for quiet activity from the hectic city noise and lights. Truly a stress reliever. Loved It!!

Thank Homewardbound2010
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I really looked forward to going to this park. Unfortunately, we were both very disappointed in what we found there. When we reached the viewing area there wasn't a place to park so we continued down the road thinking we would find more parking. We...More

Thank barbaragwen270
Reviewed May 5, 2017 via mobile

Outstanding short hikes (4.5 miles) in different feeling biospheres that make each hike unique. The walk along the shore is hard but wonderful. Open 24 hours, 365 with 600 acres at no charge. Dress for 10 degrees colder than the rest of the area, shoreline...More

1  Thank Skimo11
Reviewed April 30, 2017 via mobile

Had the pleasure to explore this place. We took one of the hiking trails and ended up at the beach. Scoured the beach for geodes and found a half a dozen in no time. We ended up at the soon-to-be opened Waterfront Event Center. Had...More

2  Thank John W
Reviewed April 3, 2017 via mobile

My friends and I went out pretty late, even though it was cloudy. We also went back during the day. It was a little tricky to figure out where to park, but overall it was a great experience. I would go back. Worth the trip,...More

Thank GSt0ne
Reviewed March 29, 2017

First time visitor and it surely won't be my last time. Went there on a whim hoping to catch some auroras. I have never seen so many stars, it was a totally clear night and it was awesome. I cant wait to go back.

3  Thank Debbie M
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Reviewed November 25, 2016 via mobile

I had really hoped to check out the park and sky at night, but sadly my trip was all clouds and rain. I did decide to go hiking during the day here and am glad I did. There are great wooded areas and shorelines to...More

1  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed October 25, 2016

Went there during the day. Lots of hiking trails. It was beautiful in the woods with all the fall leaves on trees.

1  Thank Claudialafram1
Reviewed October 24, 2016

Let me preface this by stating we went on a cloudy night and saw like 20 star in total and 1 satellite. So, no Milky Way and no Aurora Borealis. The website says it's a 1 mile hike to the beach and it's easily all...More

Thank John R
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Are dogs allowed at this location? I am going to be calling in the area and am not sure if I need to leave my dog at the campsite or not.
May 4, 2017|
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Response from John W | Reviewed this property |
Not 100% positive, but I don't think dogs are allowed. They want quiet in this park.
Do lots of people stay through the night till dawn? Is it safe to do that? Any wild animals that will come up on you while you are in your sleeping bag?
August 12, 2015|
Response from aleebs |
when i went there were some folks who were there for the night. they had sleeping bags and were doing some astrophotography. my understanding is that you cannot set up tents but, you can lay under the stars all night. i am... More
Ann D
Would like too visit park but would like to know if there is anywhere around there too stay ,,,, cabin,, hotel etc.
July 18, 2015|
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Response from Alice499 | Reviewed this property |
There are lots of motels, camp grounds and rental cabins all around the area. I have stayed in a variety of local motels and have been happy with the smaller ones just as well as the larger ones. If looking at a motel... More