Many Michiganders grew up taking the occasional trip to the campground as children. But if you’ve grown up around the Metro-Detroit area, maybe you’ve never been past camp Dearborn and would like to really experience nature, maybe even see a bear! Michigan has much more to offer if you do a little bit of road tripping to get there. Here’s five of the nicest spots in Michigan to take a camping trip!
1. Proud Lake Park has 4,700 acres. It has a 8.8 mile biking and horse riding trail. You can rent canoes and kayaks as well as lodges, cabins, and mini cabins. The reviews mention it’s a beautiful site to see, clean and well-kept. They’ve had swan sightings out on the lake as well. People leaving reviews all give it four stars or higher, all agreeing it’s a great place to hangout for the summer weather!
2. Sleepy Hollow State Park -- Out of over 200 reviews, camp-goers gave it a 4.5 out of 5-star rating! This park ranges over 2,500 acres. They host weekly ‘nature programs’ and have plenty of activities all year long. They have horse trails, fishing, hiking, hunting, even metal detecting! If you want to bring your pets they even have a special Dog Beach reserved for them too. You can also rent boats to go out onto Lake Ovid which runs directly through the middle of the park. They have beach houses and cabin rentals if you’d like to stay the night!
3. The Holland State Park has some wonderful reviews, making its way up to 4.7 out of 5 stars! Park-goers mention a great portion of this park is located along the beach of Lake Michigan with beautiful sunset views and lots of concession places to grab a bite. There’s a lighthouse and sand dunes as well.
4. Harrisville State Park is your place to be if you’re looking to travel up to northern Michigan for a nice time! It’s located along Lake Huron. Although it’s overall rating is 4.6 stars the most recent reviews give it 5! This park is known for its various wildlife, especially for its many birds. There’s a swimming beach, a children’s playground area, bike renting, trails, and more. They have two cabins for rent with fire pits and barbeques! They also of course have plenty of lots to pitch your own tents.
5. Last but not least, the largest state park in Michigan, Porcupine Mountains Wilderness state park. It has roughly 59,000 acres of land! This park is located in the Upper Peninsula and features 63 special ‘backcountry’ camping sites, as well as four separate campgrounds throughout the park. One of the best parts is pets are allowed all over this park, as long as they are on a leash and with an owner at all times. This includes hiking, trails, campgrounds and the beach! If necessary, they have wi-fi service at the visiting center. This park is also special because they rent out Yurts by reservation.