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Situated in the northern Michigan peninsula about three hours' drive from Detroit, Gladwin is a small city with a gently rolling terrain and a meandering river bisecting its southwest corner. Originally named Cedar after the local river, Gladwin, like the rest of its namesake county, began as a lumber town in the late 1870s. When the lumber era declined, the newly-cleared land attracted homesteaders over the years, and Gladwin City continued to prosper thanks to the county's fortunes in the oil, auto parts (including RVs) and plastics industries.
The city’s location makes it a well-placed starting point for RV rentals in Gladwin to take advantage of the many recreational opportunities offered by Lake Huron to the east and Lake Michigan to the west, and the hundreds of miles of scenic roads that follow their shores. There’s of course more to Michigan than the Great Lakes, so make it your mission to discover its wonders with your Gladwin luxury RV rental on this journey.
Gladwin County overflows with canoeing and fishing spots, and you don’t even have to go out of the city to slip into a canoe or fish for trout since the slow-moving and flat waters of the Cedar River flows right through the city. If you're partial to lakes (and certain types of fish), you have plenty in the county to choose from. Bluegill, carpie, and walleye can be found in abundance in Secord, Wixom and Smallwood Lakes while perch, pike and bass can be fished from Lakes Lancer, Lancelot and Wiggins. If you prefer to stretch your legs than get wet, discover miles of state forest land trails in the Gladwin Field Trial Area near Meredith about 20 a minute drive in your Gladwin camper rental.
The Huron-Manistee National Forests is a little more than an hour’s drive and beckons with trails ranging in length from less than a mile to more than 100. Equestrians share some portions of the trail with hikers while cross-country and interpretive nature trails are often loops of different lengths. Mountain biking, off-roading and a variety of water-based pursuits like fishing, canoeing or boating are also popular activities in the forest that extends across the northern lower peninsula of Michigan. At Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness on the east shore of Lake Michigan, marvel at the 140-feet dunes, enjoy solitary walks and take in the sunset on the wide and sandy beach.
For a marvelous view of the sun coming up on Lake Huron, aim your Gladwin motorhome rental east and follow United States Highway 23 as it winds 200 miles north following the lakeshore. From the historic train depot of Standish about 30 minutes away to the Mackinac Bridge to the far north, expect to encounter wetlands, forests, and trails as well as cultural attractions like parks, lighthouses, and museums. Stroll through charming small towns, climb atop a historic lighthouse, or enjoy a spot of fishing, canoeing, and even diving.
The Gladwin City Park and the River Valley RV Park are two places to park your Gladwin, MI RV rental within the city limits. Gladwin City Park is situated along the Cedar River and offers water and electric (up to 50amps) hookups, a children's playground and volleyball/basketball courts. River Valley Park welcomes visitors with grassy and shaded campsites with water and electrical service and hot showers. There's a private lake where you can swim, fish or launch a boat.
From Gladwin, the closest Walmart stores are within a short drive, in West Branch and Houghton Lake. There are also Walmart stores in Alpena and Tawas City right on the Sunrise Coast, and in Big Rapids close to the Huron-Manistee National Forests if you want to take your Gladwin RV trailer rental there. Call the store ahead and confirm availability of overnight parking in their lots. Always get the permission of the store manager if you plan to stay there.
True to its beginnings, Gladwin restored an old, one-room log house that you can view at the Gladwin County Historical Village on Cedar Avenue. To enrich your understanding of the pioneers' simple way of life, visit the Gladwin County Historical Museum housed in a train depot. The museum contains farm implements, blacksmith tools, and original phone equipment, among other things.
Rent an RV in March and you just might catch the long-running Farm and Garden Show, or the county fair, held in late July. A brighter event takes place every first Saturday of December when the Festival of Lights parades through downtown.
Take the Gladwin City-County Transit (GCCT) bus to Beaverton for a fun encounter with goats, emus, and other farm animals, or a garden tour led by a master gardener. Between the cities of Gladwin and Beaverton, expect to find chain restaurants (most in Gladwin) with a few family diners, Chinese and Mexican in between.
Out on the open road, ‘Pure Michigan’ will tease your senses with delights you thought you wouldn’t find here. An RV rental in Gladwin, Michigan will open your mind. Make sure you keep your eyes open too so you don’t miss any of the hidden treasures along the way.