Headlands International Dark Sky Park, Mackinaw City

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One of only six such parks in the U.S.at the time of designation in 2011~one of only ten in the world! Enjoy Emmet County's dark wilderness at the Headlands anytime of day or night, all the year 'round. Located 2 miles west of Mackinaw City in Northwest Lower Michigan, at the top of Michigan's mitten on the Lake Michigan shoreline.
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TripAdvisor
  • Great place for quiet activity from the hectic city noise and lights. Truly a stress reliever. Loved It!!  more »
  • I really looked forward to going to this park. Unfortunately, we were both very disappointed in what we found there. When we reached the viewing area there wasn't a place to park so we continued down ...  more »
  • Outstanding short hikes (4.5 miles) in different feeling biospheres that make each hike unique. The walk along the shore is hard but wonderful. Open 24 hours, 365 with 600 acres at no charge. Dress fo...  more »
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  • It was a bit cloudy when we went but it is very peaceful and beautiful. If you're in the area it's worth checking out. At time the roads are not paved so it might get a bit messy when there's rain. The water is very clean as well. However, this is NOT a beach. Just place to watch the night sky and in perfect conditions, the Milky Way.
  • This place is definitely worth the hike. We got to watch a thunderstorm roll in on the lake. The stars were beautiful and we could see everything. I am definitely going back.
  • I was unable to see this place at night but during the day, it was beautiful. Pure Michigan! I will definitely return to try and catch the northern lights.
  • This place was cool. The observatory is under construction. Done in mid June. It's going to be amazing.
  • I spent the week here at the cabin. It was a really fun time and lots to do there and around the Mackinaw area. We enjoyed the lack of light and could see many stars and constellations. It is pricey, but between the many people it can accommodate you can split it with less cost. A bucket list item crossed off.