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Petoskey State Park, Petoskey

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State Park
Petoskey State Park is a 303acre state park in Emmet County, Michigan. The home of the "Petoskey stone," Michigan's state stone, the park is located in Bear Creek Township, on the road between the cities of Petoskey and Harbor Springs. The park has frontage on Little Traverse Bay on Lake Michigan and is surrounded by heavily vegetated sand dunes. Common visitor activities are swimming, sun bathing, hiking and biking in summer, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in winter.Facilities and activitiesSwimming: There is a mile-long sand beach. Playground Hiking: Two trails total three miles in length. One climbs the Old Baldy sand dune.Cross-country skiing: Trails are not groomed.PicnickingCamping: Two campgrounds offer 178 modern sites and two mini cabins.
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  • We wanted a good, clean beach for a picnic & to enjoy our first day of summer vacation. This was it!! We had a great spot for our lunch with a view of the lake & space for our kids to run & play. We s...  more »
  • We stopped by here in our travels through Lower Michigan. What a beautiful park and we had such an enjoyable day.  more »
  • The Petoskey State Park offers many different options for snowshoeing, walking, xc skiing, bicycling and hiking year round. I went snowshoeing on a Saturday mid-morning. There are many levels of trail...  more »
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  • Really cool area, you can walk to a nice beach from any of the campsites. Despite having showers and other amenities, the camp sites don't feel like the typical cordoned off camp site you normally find in state park camp sites. workers there are all young, fun, and polite. Just don't expect a secluded camping get-away here, as it is normally pretty busy and you are close to all the other camp sites.
  • I used to live nearby and on summer days when my friends and I had some time off we would go to this beach. Its great for swimming. Many people have said it's better than the beaches in California. The sand gets hot so wear sandals. The water is so clear you can wade out to your shoulders, look down and still see your feet. The best time to go is after labor day. There are bathrooms and picnic tables and plenty of parking.
  • Great spot for family to enjoy a day on the beach. Early in the summer there is sand volleyball tournament that goes on here. And the bonus for the kids and myself is the ice cream they serve - I feel they give a big scoop and the price is a lot cheaper than in town. They offer rentals which nice and you climb the sand dunes and walk around with some amazing views of the bay.
  • Loved our family trip to this beach! Pleasant and clean. I was thrilled to find Petoskey stones and other fossils. I look forward to going back some time.
  • Beautiful sunsets. Relaxing beach. Nice changing house. Good trails. Camping area.