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We went to the Visitors Center, one of the lakes and the 7 mile drive. The Visitors center was pretty big with exhibits and hands on activities. The lake was quiet and you can fish on the pier. I... more »
We had some time, so we got on our bikes in Grayling and biked out to Hartwick Pines. Then we had a nice walk back through the trail and saw many great pines and hemlocks, including the old Monarch... more »
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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