Top 5 State Parks in Michigan

 

 

Visit the Parks this Year

While the weather outside might be frigid cold, we thought this was a great time to delve into the great state parks we have here in Michigan. As the weather warms up in the next couple of months, you should take advantage of our great state parks, because as you can see in the slideshow above, not many parks are this beautiful!

Here are the top 5 parks and reasons why you should visit them this year! Feel free to click through our slideshow up above for some great pictures.

1. Ludington State Park

One of the coolest state parks in the country, Ludington State Park features tons of great activities and sights to see. Ludington offers scenic sand dunes, a shoreline vista, ponds, marshlands and forests for a sensory overload! It also features the Big Sable Point Lighthouse that many hikers love going to at the end of a long hike. Outdoor recreation is at a premium with activities for any kind of weather, including:

  • snowshoeing
  • fishing
  • kayaking
  • canoeing
  • hiking and more!

For the campers, there are more than 300 campsites in three modern campground areas named; Pines, Cedar and Beechwood. Ludington is a great place to take your family or friends to start off 2015!

2. Orchard Beach State Park

Located in Manistee, Orchard Beach State Park is situated on a bluff that has visitors overlooking Lake Michigan. A perfect park for families, Orchard Beach offers great picnic sites as well as campgrounds that feature more than 150 sites, many with full hookups. If you want recreation, Orchard Beach has more than 2 miles of trails, great fishing and boating as well!

3. Tahquamenon Falls State Park

The centerpiece of Tahquamenon Falls State Park’s 50,000 acres is the Tahquamenon River with its grand waterfalls that will have you in awe. The Upper Falls is currently one of the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi, and features a drop of nearly 50 feet. The park is also known for its great snowmobile trails, winter camping and fishing as well.

With more than 200 camping sites across the park and falls, it is a great spot for RVs or tent campers alike. Head on out with your family this winter or spring and take advantage of great fun and great camping at Tahquamenon Falls State Park!

4. Sleeping Bear Dunes

Located in Empire, MI, Sleeping Bear Dunes offers visitors miles of sand beaches, bluffs that look over Lake Michigan, forests, lakes and more. If you are looking for serene beauty along with great recreation, Sleeping Bear Dunes is for you! In the winter time visitors can participate in ranger led hikes through the dunes, where you can truly appreciate the beauty of the park in the winter. The park also hosts stargazing nights and is now a National Wilderness Preservation System which means that it is protected forever and will always feature recreational activities.

5. Mackinac State Park

As Michigan’s first state park established in 1895, Mackinac State Park is just as much a historical site as it is a park.

Historic landmarks, rock formations, forests and nature trails are just minutes away to be enjoyed by all. The sites are all accessible by foot, rented horse or buggy, sightseeing carriages or horse-drawn taxi. Sightseeing horses are very popular and most people who take them don’t regret it! In addition to sightseeing visitors can also discover the art museum or Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse.

A&S RV Center

We hope that these parks gave you a great idea for some activities you can do this year right here in Michigan! At A&S RV Center we want to be your camping and RV headquarters. If you are in the market for a new or used RV, let A&S help you find the perfect one! Need any parts or accessories for upcoming camping trips? We have you covered!

 

 

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