Traverse City State Park, Traverse City

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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 love Traverse City and everything they offer around the Fourth of July so we chose to stay here. Sites are smaller than most State Parks, but we knew this going in. Everyone was friendly and we had...  more »
  • Well, on 7-25 we checked in. We reserved the lot for three nights. There was a very rude younger girl with brown hair who checked us in. My boyfriend and I had clearly specified that this was our firs...  more »
  • I have stayed in this park many times in the course of some 15 years or so. It has a few pluses: Proximity to a beach, to a great bike trail and to downtown Traverse City. It is not a wonderful campin...  more »
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  • Stayed here for two nights over the 4th of July holiday weekend. The park was packed to the gills, but didn't cause us any issues at all. We tent camped with just a few items while most people here have large trailers and big camping setups. The bathrooms were surprisingly very clean (i usually don't expect much when I'm going camping anywhere!) and at night the campground was also surprisingly quiet for a holiday weekend. If you're wanting a rustic, secluded campground, this place is not for you. But it's a great spot for some low-key camping close to town that's MUCH cheaper than a hotel. The gate to the bike trail is awesome. The ride to town is not bad at all and it's worth having bikes. Although it's for safety, the only bummer is that the gate that opens to the bike trail closes at 10pm and once it's closed, you have to bike on the busy street around to the front entrance. It's worth hustling back to beat the gate! :) Staff was very friendly and helpful. Got some great suggestions of areas to visit.
  • The camp grounds are beautifully laid out. Family friendly. With a fence around the campgrounds, and small park like play area. Also, directly across the street from a beautiful beach, with children's play area. There is a walk overpass for adults and children to use safely. Many stores and restaurants within walking distance. And, much more...
  • Very practical and affordable way to stay in Traverse City, though it's do keep you expectations in check as it's not a rustic beautiful experience. The park however was ordered and civil, especially considering how tight the camp sites are. Every park ranger I interacted with was professional & respectful. Showers had ample water pressure and hot water, though they were dingy, damp, and dark. If I need to stay right in Traverse City, I would come back.
  • Be aware site 75 is not as big as the map says. It has a large wooded berm. We could not fit our 32 ft camper on it.
  • Favorite MI State Park. Across from bay, TART (walking, biking, etc. trail) right out back of park. Plenty of places near by for hiking,biking, shopping, kayaking & exploring. Easy trips to Sutton's Bay & Northport.

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Where to stay in Traverse City

Most accommodations in Traverse City lie near the waters of Grand Traverse Bay. The West Arm of the bay is closer to businesses and services in and around downtown. The portion of Traverse City on the East Arm of the bay remains quieter. Both areas offer hotels and bed and breakfasts with convenient access to the beach. Many visitors opt to stay in vacation rentals, including lakeside cottages and houses, which you'll also find here.
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