Hartwick Pines State Park

Hartwick Pines State Park One of the largest state parks in the Lower Peninsula, featuring 49 acres of old growth white pine, Michigan Forest Visitor Center, Logging Museum.
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Operating as usual

Due to our limited staffing this time of year, the campground office may not be open. Please pick up the yellow phone wh...
10/16/2020

Due to our limited staffing this time of year, the campground office may not be open. Please pick up the yellow phone when you arrive for camping. The friendly operators will check in your reservation or process your payment for a walk in site.
Remember that a Recreation Passport is required year-round. Make sure to stop at the self-registration station and fill out an envelope to purchase one. Please fill out the envelope legibly and completely and Rangers will make contact with you while you're in the park or mail your permit to you.
We hope you enjoy your stay with us!

Hartwick Pines State Park's cover photo
10/14/2020

Hartwick Pines State Park's cover photo

The campground bathroom building and dump station will close October 18th at 4:00 pm.  The campground will remain open a...
10/13/2020

The campground bathroom building and dump station will close October 18th at 4:00 pm.
The campground will remain open at a semi-modern rate. This means that electric and vault toilets will be available. The campground will close for the season on Sunday, November 1st.
The Day Use bathroom building is already shut down for the season. The Visitor Center restrooms will remain open.
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Fall Color Update.  πŸ‚
10/08/2020

Fall Color Update. πŸ‚

Do you have a great photo of Hartwick Pines State Park? Want to share it with the world? Enter the America's State Parks...
10/06/2020

Do you have a great photo of Hartwick Pines State Park? Want to share it with the world? Enter the America's State Parks photo contest today!
#MiStateParks #HartwickPines

09/30/2020
Mi Nature

Have you ever spotted a blue-spotted salamander?
Learn more about these creatures below. πŸ‘‡

This Blue-spotted salamander was uncovered last week at Hartwick Pines State Park. In MI, we have 7 species of salamanders and they are broken down into two categories. Mole salamanders (5) and Lungless Salamanders (2). The blue-spotted is the most widespread as it is the only salamander to be found in the northern lower peninsula, UP and even Isle Royale.

Flip over logs and look for them near you. Just remember to handle them very gently, or better yet--take a pic-and to always put them back in the same spot shortly.

09/24/2020

The restrooms at the Visitor Center are temporary closed due to an equipment failure. There are additional restroom facilities at the day use area and logging museum. Please be patient while we work to repair the issue.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources
09/24/2020

Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Happy Michigan Trails Week! Here are some amazing stats regarding the trails that have earned Michigan the Trails State title.

Are you planning to enjoy the trails Sept. 20-27? If so, maybe you should take up the Michigan Trails Week Challenge. We're encouraging outdoor enthusiasts across the state to join in as we try to collectively travel 100,000 miles! Over 5,000 people are already participating. Do you have what it takes to join in and take up the challenge? Info can be found at Michigan.gov/TrailsWeek

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09/22/2020
DNR Trails Week

Have you heard about the new Trails Week story map? Explore interactive maps of non-motorized trails, share your trail photos, view photos submitted by others, and more in the new story map. Find it at Michigan.gov/TrailsWeek. #MiTrailsWeek

Take the Michigan Trails Challenge this September!During Michigan Trails Week (Sept. 20-27) we're challenging Michigande...
09/17/2020

Take the Michigan Trails Challenge this September!
During Michigan Trails Week (Sept. 20-27) we're challenging Michiganders to make every mile count by self-reporting mileage spent on nonmotorized trails.
Help us collectively travel 100,000 miles! Any distance counts.
Earn badges for completing miles. For each badge you earn, you will be entered in a drawing for cool outdoor gear and Michigan branded prizes!
Additional details on the challenge can be found here - Michigan.gov/TrailsWeek
#MiDNR #EveryMileCounts #TrailsWeek

Check out this great resource!  It can be used to identify common trees in MI.πŸŒ²πŸπŸ‚
09/15/2020

Check out this great resource! It can be used to identify common trees in MI.
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Many thanks to Derek LaRiviere, who created and shared these handy tools for identifying common trees of Michigan!

Hartwick Pines State Park
09/11/2020

Hartwick Pines State Park

It's a little frosty this morning.  Check out the estimated Peak Fall Colors map from MLive.com.  πŸ‘‡#MiStateParks #Hartwi...
09/11/2020

It's a little frosty this morning. Check out the estimated Peak Fall Colors map from MLive.com. πŸ‘‡
#MiStateParks #HartwickPines

That fall feeling is in the air! πŸ‚

Last week we shared with you 5 things to do at Hartwick Pines.  This week we want to share 5 more things to do.1. Drive ...
09/10/2020

Last week we shared with you 5 things to do at Hartwick Pines. This week we want to share 5 more things to do.
1. Drive the Scenic Trail. This trail is accessible from Bobcat Trail, just north of the Group Camp area. Please note that sometimes the road can be a little rough.
2. Bike the Grayling Bicycle Turnpike. This paved bike path connects Hartwick Pines to Grayling and is approximately 6.5 miles long.
3. See the CCC Boy Statue. This statue is located in the Logging Museum area.
4. Go geocaching! We have a handful of caches located in the park and we also are a part of the State Park Centennial GeoTour. Learn more here: https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-350-79133_79205_85747_86992_88875---,00.html
5. Hike the Aspen, Deer Run or Weary Legs Trails. These trails range from 3 to 7.5 miles and are also open to biking.

Planning an outdoor adventure this Labor Day weekend? Remember to #RecreateResponsibly so we can protect each other as w...
09/05/2020

Planning an outdoor adventure this Labor Day weekend? Remember to #RecreateResponsibly so we can protect each other as well as our beautiful outdoor spaces for generations to come. Join the movement @RecreateInfo and follow the principles. https://www.recreateresponsibly.org/

PSA from Michigan Department of Natural Resources.  We would also like to add a couple things.- Please clean up after yo...
09/04/2020

PSA from Michigan Department of Natural Resources. We would also like to add a couple things.
- Please clean up after your pet and keep them on a 6 ft leash.
- Use the trash receptacles and/or dumpsters provided. If there are none in your area please pack it out.
#MiStateParks #LeaveNoTrace

Planning to camp over the Labor Day weekend? Here are a few tips to prevent critters from crashing your campsite:

🐻 Do not keep food in tents. Store food in airtight containers, in a vehicle trunk, or suspend food from trees. Make sure it’s high enough to be out of a curious bear’s reach.

🦝 Keep a clean camp. Clean up any trash and wipe down picnic tables, chairs, or any other surfaces that food was near.

πŸ”₯ Cook at a distance from your campsite and wash utensils shortly after eating.

πŸ€ Store trash as you would food - burning or burying waste attracts wildlife.

While camping, wildlife may wander through your campsite. If there are no enticing food rewards to grab their attention, they should continue on through. Visit Michigan.gov/Wildlife for more tips on preventing encounters with wildlife while camping.

Looking for something to do this September? Here are 5 things to do at Hartwick Pines State Park.1. Visit the Visitor Ce...
09/03/2020

Looking for something to do this September? Here are 5 things to do at Hartwick Pines State Park.
1. Visit the Visitor Center. Here you will find information about the park and Michigan’s lumber industry.
2. Go camping! We have 100 campsites. Almost half of our sites are full hook-up. Check out the reservation site for availability: https://www.midnrreservations.com/
3. Walk the Old Growth Trail. This paved path through the old growth forest is about a mile long. Please stay on the trail and do not compact the soils in the old growth forest area.
4. Go fishing or kayaking at Bright and Glory lakes. Make sure to check out the current fishing regulations here:https://www.michigan.gov/documents/dnr/FishingGuide2020_684742_7.pdf
5. Visit the Logging Museum. Here you will learn about what it was like in a logging camp during the 1890’s. Please do not climb on the historic logging equipment.

Have you heard about the 2020 Michigan Trails Challenge?  Learn more below.  πŸ‘‡  FYI - there are plenty of different trai...
09/01/2020

Have you heard about the 2020 Michigan Trails Challenge? Learn more below. πŸ‘‡
FYI - there are plenty of different trails at Hartwick Pines to choose from. 🌲

Eight days, 100,000 miles, fun prizes and that amazing β€œI did it!” feeling. Take on the 2020 Michigan Trails Challenge during Michigan's Trails Week (Sept. 20-27).

Whether you run, hike, ride or paddle, just self-report your treks on nonmotorized trails and earn badges (no limit) for different milestones. Badges enter you in a drawing for cool outdoor gear and Michigan branded prizes and help toward our 100,000-mile goal. There is no fee to participate.

Earn a badge when you register for the event and log at least 1 mile, and then every time you:

🐴 Horseback ride for 5 miles.
πŸ‘£ Walk, run or hike for 5 miles.
πŸš΄β€β™€οΈ Bike for 10 miles.
🚣 Paddle for 2 miles.

Think you have it in you? Additional details on the challenge can be found here - Michigan.gov/TrailsWeek #MiDNR #EveryMileCounts #TrailsWeek

The Michigan State Parks Centennial GeoTour is still going!  Hartwick Pines is one of the 90 state parks participating. ...
08/20/2020

The Michigan State Parks Centennial GeoTour is still going! Hartwick Pines is one of the 90 state parks participating. Click on the link below for more information. πŸ‘‡

With almost 5,000 favorite points after one year, the Michigan State Parks Centennial GeoTour is one of the top 10 favorite GeoTours in the world! The three-year event has 100 new geocaches hidden in over 90 different state parks. To find out more, visit Michigan.gov/StateParks100 and go to the Centennial GeoTour page. Don’t forget to bring hand sanitizer of at least 60 percent alcohol for use before and after touching shared surfaces, practice smart social distancing (at least 6 feet) and wear a mask in outdoor spaces when social distancing can’t be maintained. Grab your gear and let’s go caching!

A great reminder to be on the lookout for the invasive Asian longhorned beetle. The native pine sawyer beetle can be fou...
08/03/2020

A great reminder to be on the lookout for the invasive Asian longhorned beetle. The native pine sawyer beetle can be found here at Hartwick Pines.
#InvasiveSpecies #HartwickPines #MIStateParks

August is Tree Check Month, a great reminder to keep a lookout for the invasive Asian longhorned beetle. While ALB aren't currently found in Michigan, it's important that we all do our part to help safeguard our amazing forests. Did you know that there is a similar beetle in Michigan that can cause a bit of confusion? Here is a photo of the invasive Asian longhorned beetle next to a native white-spotted pine sawyer. πŸŒ³βœ”οΈπŸ“…

For more information on how to check your trees and why it's important, check https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MIDNR/bulletins/29887ee

#NotMiSpecies #TreeCheckMonth

If you plan to visit the park soon, keep in mind that the Visitor Center cannot hand out maps. Click the link below to v...
07/10/2020
Michigan Recreation Search Site Details Page

If you plan to visit the park soon, keep in mind that the Visitor Center cannot hand out maps. Click the link below to view and download a park map before your visit! Lack of cell phone signal in the park means you probably won't be able to download it once you're here.

Don't forget your masks! Masks are required in the Visitor Center and Logging Museum. 🌲🌲🌲😷 #HartwickPines #MiStateParks #MaskUp

The Visitor Center and Logging Museum are open! We are open Wednesday-Saturday, 10am-4:30pm. We are thrilled to be back!...
06/26/2020

The Visitor Center and Logging Museum are open! We are open Wednesday-Saturday, 10am-4:30pm.
We are thrilled to be back! Our first program is next Wednesday, July 1. Swing by the Logging Museum throughout the day as we begin the process of making another dugout canoe πŸš£β€β™‚οΈ
#HartwickPines #MiStateParks

Welcome Back Campers! πŸ• We’ve missed you and are very excited to have you camp at Hartwick Pines. Please be patient with...
06/22/2020

Welcome Back Campers! πŸ• We’ve missed you and are very excited to have you camp at Hartwick Pines.
Please be patient with us as we follow new procedures and guidelines to help keep you and our staff safe and healthy. 🌲

Our campground will open June 22nd! πŸ•
06/11/2020

Our campground will open June 22nd! πŸ•

We want to remind everyone that state forest campgrounds and state harbors are now open for use. While most of these locations are open, there are some specific places that are still closed at this time. Please check Michigan.gov/DNRClosures for closures and continue to follow safety measures while enjoying the outdoors.

*State park campgrounds are set to open June 22.

With the holiday weekend coming up, remember to practice social distancing while you're enjoying Hartwick Pines! Even ou...
05/20/2020

With the holiday weekend coming up, remember to practice social distancing while you're enjoying Hartwick Pines! Even our CCC boy is wearing a mask so you can get up close and read about all the work the CCC did at Hartwick Pines πŸ˜„

Thanks to this fun-loving family for making sure our CCC boy has a mask to wear!

#HartwickPines #CCC #MiStateParks

We’re celebrating #ParksToKids Day with National Park Trust -- virtually! Take a tour of Michigan’s great outdoors in th...
05/16/2020

We’re celebrating #ParksToKids Day with National Park Trust -- virtually! Take a tour of Michigan’s great outdoors in the comfort of your own home or your own backyard. Visit Michigan.gov/NatureAtHome to check out some nature lessons, virtual field trips, ways to explore nature and MUCH, MUCH MORE!

Hartwick Pines State Park's cover photo
05/14/2020

Hartwick Pines State Park's cover photo

Michigan Department of Natural Resources
05/12/2020
Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Although motorized trails are open to the public, we urge off-road enthusiasts to use even greater care when riding trails this spring.

Typically, ORV grant sponsors handle pre-season ORV trail maintenance work, but because of the updated stay-at-home order (now extended through May 28) and the state's discretionary spending freeze, routine maintenance has been temporarily suspended.

Riders are reminded to "Ride Right" and take even more precautions this riding season. ORV riders are asked to slow down, take corners with extra caution, watch for potential hazards, stay on designated trails and keep on the right side of the trail.

https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-350-86469-528689--,00.html

We're delighted to see that so many of you are enjoying the park during this time. A quick reminder, please respect spri...
05/11/2020

We're delighted to see that so many of you are enjoying the park during this time. A quick reminder, please respect springtime in the old growth and stay on the paved pathway. Many forest critters and birds nest and forage on the ground. Staying on the trail protects these critters and the delicate root system of the old growth forest. 🌲🐦🐿🦝

For your safety, we also remind you not to climb on the historic logging equipment. Most of the logging equipment is over 100 years old and we don't want to see any of our visitors get hurt or our rare logging artifacts broken. #HartwickPines #MiStateParks #KeepNatureWild #LeaveNoTrace

The DNR has made changes in public outdoor recreation in order to comply with Gov. Whitmer’s updated stay-at-home order....
04/30/2020
DNR updates opening dates, modifications for outdoor recreation sites

The DNR has made changes in public outdoor recreation in order to comply with Gov. Whitmer’s updated stay-at-home order.

Due to limited staffing and practicing effective social distancing, it will take some time to get our campgrounds, harbors and park amenities ready for the public. Here are some changes to the public opening dates:

June 3: Tentative opening date for Silver Lake ORV Area in Oceana County
June 10: State forest campground and DNR-operated harbors set to open
June 22: Camping, overnight lodging and shelter set to open

For additional details, see the press release below.

Under updated EO, most state parks, trail and boating access sites are open for local use; campgrounds, other lodging, shelters to open in phases

04/20/2020
Mi Nature

The DNR education team is going to share a series of Earth Day videos this week. Check them out at Mi Nature!

Drum roll please....
Our education team hopes you enjoy a new series of Earth Day videos, celebrating the 50th anniversary with a little knowledge, humor, and nature. Join us every day this week at 9 am for a new video.

EDIT-Drop your pics here on facebook, since the video is kid-friendly for youtube-no comments allowed there:)

#EarthDay2020

04/09/2020
DNR Closures

The DNR has extended campground closures at state parks, recreation areas and state forest campgrounds until at least the night of May 14 to help further slow the spread of COVID-19 and in response to Gov. Whitmer’s "Stay Home, Stay Safe" Executive Order.

Here are some details:
β–ͺ️ Camping reservations through May 14 will automatically be canceled. Reservation holders will receive full refunds, including their nonrefundable reservation fee.
β–ͺ️ If a reservation extends past May 14, arrival dates will be adjusted to May 15 and reservation holders will receive a refund for the canceled nights.
β–ͺ️ Reservation holders will receive email notifications once cancellations are processed. Refunds will be applied to the original payment method.

If you have any questions, please contact our call center at 1-800-447-2757, and a reservation agent will be happy to assist.

Follow our DNR COVID-19 response page for FAQs and updates on facilities and closures/cancellations at Michigan.gov/DNRClosures. Follow state actions and guidelines at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus.

Still have questions about what is allowed and what isn't during the current "Stay Home, Stay Safe" order?  Check out th...
04/08/2020
Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Still have questions about what is allowed and what isn't during the current "Stay Home, Stay Safe" order?
Check out the link below to DNR FAQ's regarding state facilities and activities.

We have received quite a few questions regarding outdoor activities under the current "Stay Home, Stay Safe" Executive Order. We have put together a FAQ page to help answer some of your questions - found here https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-350-79137_79770_98926---,00.html.

One of the most recent questions regards boating. Yes, boating falls within the outdoor activities permitted under "Stay Home, Stay Safe." Any outdoor activity, including boating, must be done in a manner consistent with social distancing, and people should use only their own equipment to prevent the transmission of the virus through the touching of shared surfaces. Additionally, in accordance with section 2 of the order, persons not part of a single household may not boat together.

We hope that offers some clarification and we encourage everyone to check our FAQ page for answers to their questions. #MiDNR

04/06/2020

Address

3612 State Park Drive
Grayling, MI
49738

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 22:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 22:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 22:00
Thursday 08:00 - 22:00
Friday 08:00 - 22:00
Saturday 08:00 - 22:00
Sunday 08:00 - 22:00

Telephone

(989) 348-7068

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Are you open on Sundays now?
Wondering If Anyone Plans On Mowing The Grass At McIntyre Campground..The Weeds At The Boardwalk Are Knee High To A Tall Indian.
Are we allowed to check in early today as it is opening day? Thanks
CRAIG--I saw you on public TV a couple nights ago, promoting the Park. Very nice presentation!
took a beautiful walk today ❄️
Had a great hike Friday night for the full moon which came out in the way home
1975, I was 8 years old.
Thanks, Mr. Craig for a fun and informative visit! We love Hartwick Pines!
Had a great day out there today.
In 1984 we had the pleasure of visiting Hartwick Pines SP... As we were leaving, we spoke with one of the rangers, and he mentioned the legend of the "Lady of the Woods", who supposedly roamed the park. Is there anyone there that remembers this legend and what it was about?
Hi there! I tried calling and got a busy signal. Then I sent a PM but thought I'd ask here on the page too. Will you still have running water for the weekend of 10/26-28? Troop 763 from Midland will be staying there and need to know if they need to provide their own water or if it'll still be available at the park. Thanks in advance!
My wife and I recently visited northern Michigan specifically to photograph and learn about the Kirtland's Warbler. I typically write photo blogs about my photo excursions and I'd like to share this one. This story is about the rare and endangered Kirtland's Warbler. I learned a lot about this bird and the actions taken to make sure they remain on this planet. Click the link below to be directed to my blog.