Archive for July, 2016

Wilderness State Park

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Wilderness State Park is located on the northwestern tip of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. It is located about 45 minutes north of Petoskey and 15 minutes west of the Mackinac Bridge. The park features a wide beach, dunes and a series of nature trails. The park covers 10,512 acres, so there is a lot of nature to explore.

The trail system through Wilderness State Park winds through tranquil woods and quiet ponds. The sign posts at each intersection indicate which number point you are at and directions to nearby number points. The walks are enjoyable and are mostly on level ground, so they are easy and fun for everyone! Be sure to bring water, sunscreen and maybe bug spray for your exploration of Wilderness State Park.

Since Wilderness State Park is State owned land, it is necessary to purchase a Recreation Passport; however, it is possible to purchase one at the park headquarters for about $11 {the permit lasts for a year}. While Wilderness State Park is located off the main highways, it is accessible from Wilderness Park Drive that runs from Mackinaw City. If you find yourself in the Mackinaw City or the Straits of Mackinac area, be sure to check out Wilderness State Park; it is well worth the ride!

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