We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Hartwick Pines State Park

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: 4216 Ranger Rd # (M-93, Crawford County, Grayling, MI 49738-6349
Phone Number:
+1 800-447-2757

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 162 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 117
  • 35
    Very good
  • 9
  • 1
  • 0
Excellent cross country ski trails

We received a tip from some locals that the cross country skiing here is excellent, and wow they were right. Great loop trails. Well groomed and some nice rolling hills in parts... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
New York, NY
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

162 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 162: English reviews
New York, NY
Level Contributor
61 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We received a tip from some locals that the cross country skiing here is excellent, and wow they were right. Great loop trails. Well groomed and some nice rolling hills in parts that made the skiing more fun. Highly recommended.

Thank Wiestq
Grayling, Michigan
Level Contributor
5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We go here often for the various events in the park or to get outside and hike the trails. The park is beautiful and kept very clean. There are paved paths to walk on and numerous outbuildings showcasing the area's history.

Thank Kimberly N
Riverview, Michigan
Level Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017

This is a fantastic gem to take your family and camp. Where else can you hunt for turkey, deer, bear and partridge, fish for trout on a quiet stream, walk through an ancient pine forest, and have a fantastic dinner in or near Grayling at one of many fine establishments. This is truly "North." Avoid the crowds and rowdies, stay... More 

Thank WKS1978
Bay City, Michigan
Level Contributor
9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

We ski here every year. Several loops to consider. Some are pretty flat and some have hills. There is one that runs thought the virgin pines.

Thank LennyJP
Midland, Michigan
Level Contributor
54 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

I camped here with my 27' trailer. There was no one there in November, so it gave me the privacy I wanted. The campgrounds are nice and the trails are enjoyable. My only gripe is that the full hookups get turned off in October and the restrooms and showers are closed the 1st of November. That would have been fine,... More 

Thank Ron E
Monticello, Indiana
Level Contributor
18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016 via mobile

Stopped a check out the Logging Museum. It was really neat they had reconstructed a logging camp from the 1800s. It was awesome you can see how the they logged the great forest and with no modern equipment. Then you can hike the last grove of virgin forest left in the northern lower peninsula. If your interested in the history... More 

Thank William G
northern indiana
Level Contributor
77 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

Very nice campground. Many sites are wooded, but note that it's more so designed for campers and RVs. Since sites have large asphalt pads, there's only enough room for 1 medium size or two small tents. A large tent will not fit on a wooded site. If you have a camper, though, you'll love it. There are also plenty of... More 

Thank GoddessOGeekdom
Brighton, Michigan
Level Contributor
113 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

The hiking is paved, which is not a favorite of mine, but it is accessible to all to see the beautiful old growth forest. The museums are a must, you get to see what it was like back in the "old days" which was an eye opener for this business. They also do a Halloween party/trick or treating down the... More 

Thank Tansy2015
Tallahassee, Florida
Level Contributor
44 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

We drove over from Traverse City to see the old growth forest in Hartwick Pines. The visitor center and logging museum were very informative about the logging history of the area and how this acreage came to be protected. The chapel in the woods was a nice surprise. The walkway through the woods is paved and an easy walk, and... More 

Thank SK1Tallahassee
Ft Worth Tx
Level Contributor
69 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

My husband and I were vacationing in the area and decided to buy State Park pass. We loved the two small lakes with fishing docks. Went several times and caught a few small fish but area was quiet and scenic. Also have kayaks to rent.

Thank Nancy P

Travellers who viewed Hartwick Pines State Park also viewed

Grayling, Crawford County
Grayling, Crawford County

Been to Hartwick Pines State Park? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Hartwick Pines State Park and other visitors
6 questions
Ask a question
1 month ago
Houghton Lake, Michigan
Midland, Michigan
over a year ago

See all questions (6)

Questions? Get answers from Hartwick Pines State Park staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?