Itching to roast some marshmallows, reconnect with nature or breathe in that woody campfire scent? Camping is a great, low-cost way to get out of your house and hometown and to enjoy the great outdoors. Michigan is full of natural beauty, and its gorgeous landmarks and forests lend themselves to some wonderful campsites. Read on for some great suggestions for where you can next pitch your tent.
If you’re looking for a calm lakeside retreat, camping in Indian River may be the perfect vacation for you. The Burt Lake State Park campground hugs the peaceful Burt Lake, providing gorgeous views and many canoeing and swimming opportunities. Up for a water adventure? Take a day-long boating trip through a chain of rivers and lakes to end at Lake Michigan. If boating isn’t your thing, drive 30 miles north and spend a day exploring Mackinac Island, ditching your car for a bike and indulging with some specialty fudge. Regardless of what you like, Indian River has something for everyone.
Recommended campsite: Burt Lake State Park. For more information on site rentals, visit michigandnr.com/parksandtrails and search for Burt Lake State Park.
Whether it’s because of its soft, sandy beaches and nearby Sleeping Bear Dunes or its sweet cherry treats, Traverse City is the place to be in the summer months. If you visit in early July, you’ll be in for a real treat; according to its website, the National Cherry Festival held yearly in Traverse City includes an arts and crafts fair, an air show and, of course, a cherry pie eating contest. The beaches of the Grand Traverse Bay offer several great places to swim and sunbathe. If the Great Lakes are more to your liking, Lake Michigan is just a short car ride away. The surrounding pine and oak forests provide a comfortably shady place to set up camp.
Recommended campsite: Timber Ridge RV & Recreation Resort. For more information on site rentals, visit timberridgeresort.net.
Making the journey to the Upper Peninsula will be worth it to view these magnificent rusty falls, which are the second largest east of the Mississippi. Fishing, hiking and kayaking are just a few of the many outdoor activities available within Tahquamenon Falls State Park. The wildlife in this area abounds, and on the four-mile hike from the Lower to the Upper Falls you might just spot a whitetail deer, a moose or even a black bear. You won’t want to forget your camera on this trip.
Recommended campsite: Tahquamenon Falls State Park. For more information on site rentals, visit michigandnr.com/parksandtrails and search for Tahquamenon Falls State Park.
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