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Hartwick Pines State Park, Grayling

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.7/5 based on 150+ reviews on the web
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logging era.Hartwick Pines Logging MuseumThe Hartwick Pines are a 49acre old-growth remnant of a pine grove that was withdrawn from logging by a local timbering firm in 1927.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 History, Arts and Libraries' Michigan Historical Museum.
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  • Very nice campground. Many sites are wooded, but note that it's more so designed for campers and RVs. Since sites have large asphalt pads, there's only enough room for 1 medium size or two small tents...  read more »
  • The hiking is paved, which is not a favorite of mine, but it is accessible to all to see the beautiful old growth forest. The museums are a must, you get to see what it was like back in the "old days"...  read more »
  • We drove over from Traverse City to see the old growth forest in Hartwick Pines. The visitor center and logging museum were very informative about the logging history of the area and how this acreage ...  read more »
  • My wife and I love this Place. This is my 3rd time visiting. 2nd for both of us. It was sad to see the old Monarch Tree died. Felt like losing a best friend. Still very pretty. Supposed to stay on the trails. Nice Hike. Good bathrooms. Nice museums. Make sure you see the logging museum. Place worth stopping.
  • State park surrounded by virgin slow growth forest. The air smells fresh and clean. Lots of hiking trails for begin ers through experienced hikers, along with a camp site, a coup,e museums, gorgeous rustic chapel and a quiet, unexpected respite right off the freeway. Conveniently located 90 minutes south of Mackinac City and Island. Pay an extra $11 when renewing tags at the DMV and entrance is free.
  • Original white and red pines over 100 years old here! The trees are well over 70 feet tall and provides a wonderful canopy into an enchanted grove of Michigan's past where such trees spanned across Manistee to Harrisville. Check out the museums and chapel with in the pines. It makes a great rest stop and nice walk when going north on I-75!
  • Our family loves Hartwick Pines. At least 1x a summer, while visiting Houghton Lake, we enjoy the 35 min drive to walk the trails of Hartwick Pines. We especially enjoy the lumberjack exhibit buildings in the woods. After our walk today it's time to bring back out our copy of "Journey Back To Lumberjack Camp" for a read aloud with the kids.
  • An amazing place to spend a day or week! Love seeing old growth trees, can't wait until I can come back and spend more time.
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