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Michigan National Parks

and Michigan State Parks

From an island that doubles as a Michigan national park to spectacular state parks and national lakeshores, there is a lot of nature to enjoy in Michigan.

Some of the most stunning natural landscapes are found right here in the Great Lakes State. Lace up your hiking boots, dig out your swimsuit, or just load up the RV. Michigan national parks and state parks are guaranteed to please the entire family.

Michigan State Parks

Albert E. Sleeper State Park
With three trails measuring less than a mile long and one trail stretching out for two miles, this is the perfect place for family hiking. Stretch your legs in the forest, camp out for a night or two, and perhaps explore the on-site nature center if it is open. There are also beach and wetland areas within the park. The park is located in Bad Axe, and covers more than 700 acres.

Albert E. Sleeper State Park

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Algonac State Park
When you get tired of the fishing and hiking, take exit 243 off of I-94 to experience the amazing wildlife of this Michigan state park. The trails are used for biking and cross-country skiing as well as hiking. Besides forest land, you will encounter rare habitats and plants that are not easily found elsewhere in the state. From critters to butterflies and birds, this is a rich and lively park that is perfect for nature lovers, photographers, and birdwatchers. Archery and trap shooting are popular sports in the park, and there are two campsites that offer heat throughout the winter.

Algonac State Park

Craig Lake State Park
There are two reasons to visit this Michigan state park: fishing and hiking. The trails are rugged and challenging, so come prepared to sweat. There are six lakes within the park, and they are all full of bass, walleye, and other fish. Cross-country skiing can be enjoyed on non-groomed trails, and snowmobiling is a popular sport once the snow starts to deepen. The park is located in Champion.

Craig Lake State Park

Grand Haven State Park
Trade your hiking boots in for your flip flops when you visit this Michigan state park. The park is made entirely of sandy beaches running along Lake Michigan and the Grand River. Stand in the sand and look out to the Grand Haven lighthouse and pier. Camp for a night or just spend an afternoon relaxing in the sunshine. This is one of the smaller Michigan state parks, but it is still notable for the breathtaking views of Lake Michigan.

Grand Haven State Park

Lake Superior State Forest
How about a rustic camping trip in your tent and some beach hunting? If that sounds like a good time to you, then pack your tent and head to this beautiful lakeside forest. Camping is limited to tents and small campers, but you can enjoy lakeside fishing and other enjoyments not featured at all Michigan state parks. Bicycle and ATV trails are offered. This is a first-come-first-served campsite, so come prepared to pitch your tent wherever you can find a suitable spot.

Lake Superior State Forest

Sleepy Hollow State Park
If you’re in the Lansing area, make sure to take a pit stop at this park for a bit of rest and rejuvenation. There are more than 180 campsites in the park, and there are natural amusements suitable for all generations. Dip your fishing pole in the pond or enjoy the nature viewing areas. Row a boat, paddle a canoe, or lace up the sneakers for an enjoyable hike. Paddleboats and pontoons can be rented and taken out on the water as well. This is a little slice of paradise for those who don’t necessarily want to rough it on an island or venture into deep forest.

Sleepy Hollow State Park

Tahquamenon Falls State Park
Do not visit this park if you are expecting electricity and other modern conveniences. The 13 miles of land covered by this park remain peaceful and untouched by civilization for the most part, and that is what makes it so spectacular. The massive, beautiful waterfalls are the star of the show, but you will have to get out there and hike to find them. The Upper Falls drop nearly 50 feet to the ground and stretch at least 200 feet wide. Bring the camera and be prepared to be amazed. The park is in Newberry, and you can enjoy hiking, canoeing, and boating in addition to the campgrounds.

Tahquamenon Falls State Park


Michigan National Parks

Isle Royale - Michigan National Park
This Michigan national park doubles as one of Michigan’s most beautiful and exciting islands. The island stretches out for 45 miles and is an undeveloped paradise for those who want to spend a weekend or longer immersed in nature. Take pictures by the waterfalls, visit the lighthouses, or just spend your days hiking through the terrain to see where you land at the end of the day. Visits are not permitted between November and mid-April.

Isle Royale National Park

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
There is more to this Michigan national lakeshore than miles of Lake Superior beaches. You can take in the sand dunes, waterfalls, and deep forests while you plan an action-packed trip of hiking, swimming, boating, canoeing, and kayaking. The campsites are available for short or long visits, and in the winter you can break out the skis or try your hand at ice fishing. Snowmobiling and cross-country ski trails are available as well. The lakeshore is available for adventure all year round. You can get to the park from Munising or Grand Marais.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

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You must head to the northwestern shore of Lake Michigan to experience massive sand dunes, sandy beaches, and forest trails. The bluffs will take you nearly 500 feet above Lake Michigan if you could make it to the top! There are daring rock-climbing adventures available in the park, as well as safer alternatives like swimming, hiking, kayaking, boating, or fishing. You can even snorkel or go scuba diving to see what lurks under the water. In the winter months, skiing is popular on the lakeshore. The Lakeshore park never closes, and different adventure await every season.

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore


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