Michigan Legacy Art Park, Thompsonville

#7 of 13 in Things to do in Benzie County
With 45 sculptures and 30 poetry stones along a 1.6 miles hiking trail, Michigan Legacy Art Park inspires a deeper understanding of Michigan's history, culture and environment through the arts.

Visit in every season for a different experience:

Attend the Summer Sounds concert series

View the fall colors from the "Barn Chair"

Take a guided snowshoe tour

Take part in the annual flag-raising at the "Fort" in the spring
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  • We live about 15 minutes from here and regularly take our guests. It is a unique place that blends nature with art. Kids love finding the “secret” things in the landscape. The groomed trails wind thro...  more »
  • This total 1.5 mile loop is much more technical than anticipated. Not suggested for older couples, young children or this with health issues. Not wheelchair friendly. However if you are in good shape ...  more »
  • My mom and I loved this trail! Some say to wear hiking shoes but I ventured out on my Birkenstock sandals and did fine. It's not for the faint of heart but super fun and some great sights to see if yo...  more »
  • I really enjoyed my visit to the Art Park while staying at Crystal Mountain. This park is tucked just beyond the ski slope about a half mile drive up the hill. It reminded me a lot of Storm King in NY. There is a parking area and maps at the foot of the trails, with several trail options varying in length. The longest was about 1.5 miles and a bit of an uphill hike & the shortest about .30 mile. This is a beautiful way to start the morning in leu of a gym workout. I really enjoyed discovering each piece of art along the way-my favorite piece was the Bonnet. It was a very serene experience and well done.
  • Loved the hike with my 5 year old. Plenty if great spots to hang back and take in nature. The fort was his favorite! Great spot for kids and families
  • This was fun. We went thru at night in the dark with our flash lights and went all the way to the fort. Good times. We had a group of 21 of us and all ages from 7 to 50
  • A lovely nature walk with art interwoven into the landscape. It's a great place for children because it is outdoors on well kept trails. I will do it again.
  • Very cool stop on a road trip home. I was not expecting it to be as large as it is. Unfortunately a large portion is off limits to anyone unable to walk/hike up steep hills. A very immersive experience that was only enhanced by it's outside location. Everything was very clearly labeled

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