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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logging era.Hartwick Pines Logging MuseumThe Hartwick Pines are a 49acre old-growth remnant of a pine grove that was withdrawn from logging by a local timbering firm in 1927.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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  • We have driven through Grayling hundreds of times and this was our first time stopping to this state park. What a find! The old wood forest is something I never really knew about and the guides are ve...  more »
  • Always a wonderful place to visit. We enjoyed hiking the old growth trail and the maple syrup demonstration was fun to participate in. Also having a book signing for a local wildflower artist made it ...  more »
  • We received a tip from some locals that the cross country skiing here is excellent, and wow they were right. Great loop trails. Well groomed and some nice rolling hills in parts that made the skiing m...  more »