Hartwick Pines State Park, Grayling

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Hartwick Pines State Park is a 9672acre state park in the US state of Michigan, located in Crawford County near Grayling and Interstate 75. It is the third largest state park on Michigan's Lower Peninsula and the state's fifth-biggest park overall. The park contains an old-growth forest of white pines and red pines that resembles the appearance of all of Northern Michigan prior to the logging era.Hartwick Pines Logging MuseumThe Hartwick Pines are a 49acre old-growth remnant of a pine grove that was withdrawn from logging by a local timbering firm in 1927. At that time, very little old-growth pine remained in northern Michigan. One of the heirs of the firm's original owners, Karen Michelson Hartwick, donated the grove, which was then 85acre in size, and 8,000 surrounding acres (32.4 km2) of cutover land to the state of Michigan as a memorial to the logging industry.The state accepted the gift and worked with the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) to build the Hartwick Pines Logging Museum adjacent to the grove. The museum was erected in 1934–1935. It contains recreated exhibit rooms, photographs and artifacts of the lumber boom years of northern Michigan. The museum is located in two replica logging camp buildings and also contains outdoor exhibits of logging equipment and an enclosed steam-powered sawmill that is operated during summer special events. The Logging Museum is administered by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources' Michigan History Museum.
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  • If you are in Grayling, a stop at Hartwick Pines State Park is a must! Any season is a reason to go to the Pines. Walking trails are clearly marked and take you past several highlights of the park. Do...  more »
  • We took a couple of hiking trails and both of them were great! The color in late October was amazing!  more »
  • Stopped here on the way "up north". Beautiful stands of pines, informative logging museum and chapel. Look into the MI park pass if you think you will visit a number of MI state parks in a year. The e...  more »
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  • hartwick pines offers quite a few things to do such as the lumber mill and visitors center as well as several hiking trails. Check in advance for dates when the mill is working, we went to a festival there in August and saw several venders making and selling homemade items. the trails are well marked and have different lengths, giving a variety of options. we loved the walk through the woods and enjoyed the time together.
  • This campground is fantastic! The sites are large and have a lot of privacy, the tent sites are deep so you aren't right on the road, all the sites have a fair amount of trees in between them. Landscaping in this park is beautiful and offers a wilderness feel even though you're in a campground, a lot of thought and intent was put into the landscaping. There are blackberry bushes everywhere - we loved eating fresh blackberries all day! Great playgrounds - much nicer than usually found at campgrounds. The old growth forest and hiking trails are awe-inspiring and not to be missed. This 800 acre park has a lot to offer, it's worth taking time to explore!
  • Very nice, hardly no cell phone service, but who needs that when you're out camping! Very nice and quiet place, there are full hookups.
  • Came out for the day with the family. There are of nice trails to follow. The old growth forest is really neat. Great place also if your into bird watching. Really nice visitor center, with very nice people.
  • Great park all year round! The main building and logging museums are great for kids and adults. The staff is friendly and very knowledgeable. The trails offer easy and also challenging options for XC Skiing, mountain biking and hiking. As an added bonus you can take a nice paved bike trail to Grayling.
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