Traverse City State Park, Traverse City

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State Park · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Traverse City State Park, officially Keith J. Charters Traverse City State Park, is a 47-acre (19 ha) 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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  • Great campground, friendly staff, budget friendly, close to the lakeshore and attractions in Traverse city. Easy access to small beach and lakeshore from the campground, and we were able to enjoy...  more »
  • I bicycle by this state park all the time. The camp sites are spacious and there's lots of trees and shade. This state park is always packed in the summer months for good reason, however this season.....  more »
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  • INCREDIBLE. Highly recommend! A group of 18 of us had an awesome time hanging out over labor day weekend. Very family friendly. Easy access to the beach and free bus to downtown to go bar hoping. Look forward to going again!
  • Campground is huge and gives ample space per site. The bathrooms are super clean and the showers were clean too. Close enough to the city that you could hike there if you wanted but far enough away to feel like you're really away from the city and stress. And it was quite affordable too. I will definitely be back again in the future.

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