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Hartwick Pines State Park rests amid virgin white pines while featuring a visitor center and outdoor recreation.
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Hartwick Pines State Park rests amid virgin white pines while featuring a visitor center and outdoor recreation.
Description - The 9,762-acre park rests in a mixed hardwood and pine forest boasting two inland lakes and the East Branch of the Au Sable River. It is the largest state park in the Lower Peninsula and the fifth largest state park in Michigan. Outdoor recreation and education are superior at Hartwick Pines State Park. Many of the parks features are centered on The Michigan Forest Visitor Center and The Logging Museum. The park is open daily from 8 AM to 10 PM.

Attractions - Hartwick Pines State Park is one of the shining stars within the Michigan State Park system. Visitors are treated to a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities and environmental education resources. The Michigan Forest Visitor Center is the gateway to the towering white pine forest, a relic of the past. Michigan's past, present and future" is the theme of the 1,500 square foot center featuring hands-on exhibits, dioramas and the talking "Living Tree." The Logging Museum depicts Michigan's rich logging history while playing host to organized groups and school groups. Call 517-348-2537 for details.

Developed recreations within the park include hiking and mountain bike trails, which double as cross-country ski routes in winter. A large campground with a rustic cabin offers overnight guests modern facilities, hookups, and sanitation station. Camping is available all year. Anglers test their skill on two inland lakes and the East Branch of the Au Sable River. Large picnic facilities attract families and groups to individual tables and large shelters. Grills and nearby restrooms are provided.

Fishing is allowed along the scenic East Branch of the Au Sable River and from the handicapped accessible fishing piers at Bright and Glory Lakes (fishing license required). Outside the old growth forest and developed areas, the park is open to hunting during established seasons. Signs mark the areas closed to hunting.

Many of the park facilities including the visitor center and logging museum are handicapped accessible.

Recreation - Recreation abounds at Hartwick Pines State Park. Guests can meander through a virgin white pine forest, view exhibits pertaining to Michigan's logging history and its abundant wildlife, camp, overnight at a rustic cabin, take a guided tour, hold a business meeting, hunt, fish, swim, and use the trail system for a variety of pursuits including snowmobiling.

Climate - Northern Michigan normally experiences mild summers with average temperatures around 70 degrees F (21 degrees C). Winter temperatures average 14 - 22 degrees F (-10 to -6 degrees C). Yearly rain and snowmelt in the region averages 28 - 36 inches but can be dramatically altered by the "lake effect," thus depositing significant amounts of snow within a short period of time causing hazardous road conditions.

Location - Hartwick Pines State Park is lcoated six miles northeast of Grayling, Michigan. Travel Interstate 75 North from Grayling to M-93 east. The park is two miles off the Interstate.

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Filed By: Jeremy and Charla Milks (Adrian, Mi)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: My wife and I canoed down the Au Sable river in July we started at Gralying and finished at Oscoda. We did the trip in 4 days. We saw: 4 Bald Eagles, 2 weasels, 4 loons, many deer, cedar wax wings, common merganzers, common gold eye, etc... We had a GREAT time! beatiful scenery. The toughest part: Paddling the back waters of the dams IN storms! Our advice: Make sure you can handle being in bad situations with someone who can handle it mentally and physically. AND bring plenty of H2O and/or a H2O filter.

Filed By: Len Schmidt II (Bay City, MI)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Great place to see old pine woods,I,ve been going there since i was a kid.(44 now.)KEEP IT AS IT IS! God bless and Thank-You. Len

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Contact Information:
Hartwick Pines State Park, 4216 Ranger Road , Grayling, MI, 49738, Phone: 989-348-7068, TTY: 517-335-4623

Additional Information:
Michigan State Parks and Forests - Everything that makes Michigan special is embodied in the 96 State Parks. Boasting sterling recreation, Michigan State Parks and Forests invite you to enjoy one of their 14,000 campsites, 170 winter-sport areas and infinite rivers, streams, and lakes.
Northern Michigan - Flat agricultural and industrial lands of southern Michigan evolve into scenic rolling glacial hillsides covered with hardwoods and conifers and bisected by some of the state's largest waterways including the famed Au Sable and Thunder Bay rivers.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources - Official agency website.


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