Traverse City State Park, Traverse City

(3.8/5 based on 130+ reviews on the web)
Traverse City State Park, officially Keith J. Charters Traverse City State Park, is a 47acre state park in Traverse City, Michigan.The park is located on the southern shoreline of East Grand Traverse Bay, a bay of Lake Michigan, and is used mainly as a campground. US-31/M-72 runs between the park proper and a beach area; there is an overpass by way of which campers can get to the beach. The beach area has a playground, grills and picnic tables. The camping area has around 350 campsites, all with electricity. Other features include a dump and fill station, three bathroom buildings, and a recycling/trash center. To the south the park adjoins the TART Trail, a 10.5-mile bicycle trail that runs through Traverse City.On July 21, 2011, the Michigan Natural Resources Commission augmented the name of the park with that of Keith J. Charters, a local conservationist, hunter and angler who served on the commission from 1994 to 2010. While signs at the park's entrance have added the new name, it is still usually referred to as "Traverse City State Park."
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  • We visited in early August and always had neighbors at our tent campsite. We were happy to find hot showers and clean bathrooms. We didn't have any 'critters' visit us, as is often the case in busy ca...  more »
  • Nice location for visiting Traverse City. Be prepared for road and aircraft noise, not terrible but noticeable. Sites are packed in among pines. A visit in 2015 saw us having to switch sites because w...  more »
  • A pretty decent Park just across the road from Grand Traverse Bay. A nice bride that safely walks you OVER the road to the beach from the State campground! We love to camp there and the kids have fun ...  more »
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  • It's a city park, but there are lots of trees. Not always the best privacy, but a great stay for a couple nights. Staff was nice. Bathhouses are clean. Adjacent to the TART Trail is a major plus. It's an easy 3 mile bike ride into town on the trail. Very good place to stay if you plan on visiting all the excellent brewpubs in Traverse City. If you have kids, this is an inexpensive place to stay in what could be an expensive trip to a very touristy destination. Been coming here since I was a kid in the 80s!😃
  • Awesome beach. I love traverse city. You have to go during cherry festival, good time!
  • Simple clean perfect location. It can get busy but it's fun.
  • It's right on the strip and in the heart of TC but somehow remains secluded and laid back. You'll hear traffic and probably wake up to airplanes taking off and landing nearby, but that's expected when a campground is built in the middle of "the most beautiful Midwest city." Take your bike, the campground backs up to the TART trail. Take your swimsuit and kayak too. The beach is just an overpass walk away.
  • The beach is wonderful, just like every beach up here. Can't say much about the campground. I'd never camp there. It's right next to the busiest road in town. That's why it gets a 1-star deduction. It's a popular place, though! Always PACKED on summer weekends. We really enjoy the playground and beach in the early autumn when kids are back and school and all the vacationers are gone.