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Petoskey State Park, Petoskey

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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 loved visiting the beach. The kids loved looking for stones and tossing rocks into the water. there is a bath house with showers to get the sand of your feet. Do not miss the views!  more »
  • Stopped here on the way to the UP- water is beautiful but it was to rough to swim. Beach well maintained, plenty of parking. Concessions and bathrooms were clean  more »
  • First time we visited Petoskey and so happy we found this state park! We were looking for a nice beach and we definately found it! Wish we would have been able to return to it before we had to leave.  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 beach and swimming area. Very clear. Good waves. Hiking was decent too. Try Old Baldy.
  • Very nice beach, fine sand. Many dune hills to climb. Kayak rentals and small store on beach. Great time!
  • Very clean, small, and quiet state park. My only complaint is that their is not enough toilets in the bathroom. Always had to wait if I had to go #2

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