Traverse City State Park, Traverse City

Categories: State Parks, Beaches, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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3.4/5 based on 130+ reviews on the web
Traverse City State Park, officially Keith J. Charters Traverse City State Park since 2011, is a 47acre state park in Traverse City, Michigan.The park is located on the densely populated shoreline of Grand Traverse Bay, an arm of Lake Michigan, and is used mainly as a campground. US-31/M-72 runs between the park and the beach area, there is an overpass where campers can get to the beach along with an entrance off of US-31. 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 and dump station, three bathroom buildings, a recycling/trash center. The park adjoins the TART Trail, which is a bicycle trail that runs eastward from Traverse City.On July 21, 2011, the 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, most references to the park still seem to favor just "Traverse City State Park."
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  • I love nature, but because we are from MI, we HAVE to purchase a season ticket "good til March" $11 or you can't enter. Well we had driven that whole way so we did. You walk a short path to the lighth...  read more »
  • Quiet and pretty in the fall. We were able to go for a run with the dogs on the Tart Trail (right behind the park) then afterwards cross the pedestrian bridge and go for a dip in the lake. Lots of pla...  read more »
  • Have stayed at this park for 10 years running. Unique for a Michigan State park, as it's actually right in town. Across the main street from the combination park/day use beach, but there is a walkway ...  read more »
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