Hartwick Pines State Park, Grayling

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Hartwick Pines State Park is a 9672acre state park in the US state of Michigan, located in Crawford County near Grayling and Interstate 75. It is the third largest state park on Michigan's Lower Peninsula and the state's fifth-biggest park overall. The park contains an old-growth forest of white pines and red pines that resembles the appearance of all of Northern Michigan prior to the logging era.Hartwick Pines Logging MuseumThe Hartwick Pines are a 49acre old-growth remnant of a pine grove that was withdrawn from logging by a local timbering firm in 1927. At that time, very little old-growth pine remained in northern Michigan. One of the heirs of the firm's original owners, Karen Michelson Hartwick, donated the grove, which was then 85acre in size, and 8,000 surrounding acres (32.4 km2) of cutover land to the state of Michigan as a memorial to the logging industry.The state accepted the gift and worked with the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) to build the Hartwick Pines Logging Museum adjacent to the grove. The museum was erected in 1934–1935. It contains recreated exhibit rooms, photographs and artifacts of the lumber boom years of northern Michigan. The museum is located in two replica logging camp buildings and also contains outdoor exhibits of logging equipment and an enclosed steam-powered sawmill that is operated during summer special events. The Logging Museum is administered by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources' Michigan History Museum. Use our Grayling trip tool to add Hartwick Pines State Park and other attractions to your Grayling vacation plans.
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  • It is hard to believe that at one time most of the lower peninsula of Michigan was covered with an old growth white pine forest of which only 49 acres remain today, protected by Hartwick Pines State.....  more »
  • A must see if you are in the area (reasonably close to Sleeping Bear Dunes). The old growth forest is a vision of what Michigan and most of the upper mid-west to New England might have looked like...  more »
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  • This place is very special to my dad. The kids loved it and he loved showing them. A day pass for the state park was under $10, but since we were planning on doing other parks we opted for the $33 annual pass. The visitor center is worth the money. So much information on the logging camp. The logging camp itself is very interesting to walk around and see what life was like. Take the walk up to the chapel. It is peaceful and pretty. Worth it. The picnic area has horseshoes, a playground, plenty of tables, bathrooms and even a basketball hoop. Very nice time there, all of the views were beautiful. We loved it, the kids loved it. Very well done.
  • What can I say. This place is both breath taking and magical. I have been wanting to visit the Pines for over forty years. The intricate displays and bunk houses are comparable or better than Lumbermans Monument in the Huron National Forest. Walking the trails and seeing the old growth as it has been for centuries was magical. Definitely worth a stop on your way to or from Up North. Very memorable.

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