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Set on the rolling hills looking on to the pristine AuSable River, the Hartwick Pines State Park is frozen in time as it is home to one of the last virgin forests in the United States. Located close to Waters Gaylord and Kalkaska, it is the perfect place to camp in an RV near Grayling if you’re in a quest to go back in time to the old Michigan before rampant logging completely changed the landscape of Northern Michigan. Tucked just over an hour away from Traverse City, the almost 10000-acre park holds approximately 50 acres of untouched white pines, some of the state’s last majestic old-growth forests. To explore more about the park, search for an RV in Crawford County and have a blast doing some state park RV camping.

While Northern Michigan is best associated with winter getaways, Hartwick Pines State Park is just as good, if not better, in the summer. Some of the activities to look out for while RV camping at Hartwick Pines State Park include birding, hiking, or kayaking. If you have time, check out the cool Black Iron Days Festival that takes place in the park annually. Since the park sits a long distance away from big towns, light pollution isn’t a thing here so you can expect to capture some really cool shots of the night sky. What is it you’re waiting for, get the keys to one of the best Grayling campers and tick the Hartwick Pines State Park off your bucket list.

Getting Outdoors

With big names such as the Traverse City State Forest and the Atlanta State Forest Area situated just a few miles away, it comes as no surprise that the Hartwick Pines State Forest is bursting full of fun things to do. The logging museum is a major attraction here, so make sure you pop up between May and late October when it is open. The museum has exhibits of how loggers used to live and work in camps across the state in the olden days.

Don’t forget to pack your best-hiking boots into your rental RV as the park is perfect for long slow walks. The first trail to hit would definitely be the Old Growth Trail, a 1.25-mile long trail that loops around the forest of old pine and hemlock, some of which date back to 400 years ago. Another thing to look out for would be the Chapel in the Pines. As its name suggests, it’s a cool and dark sanctuary that is excellent for some few minutes of meditation. Built back in 1952, marriages are still held in the scenic chapel to date.

Thanks to the park’s unique landscape, it is a rich habitat for all kinds of animals but more specifically, the birds. When camping in a rental motorhome at Hartwick Pines State Park, you’ll get a chance of seeing the evening grosbeak and if immensely lucky, the Kirtland’s warbler.

Camping at Hartwick Pines State Park

If the activities here seemed exciting, wait until you get a feel of camping at Hartwick Pines State Park. With full hookups, you’ll forget you’re in the middle of nowhere as you treat yourself to a comfy time in your RV rental. The combination of back-in and pull-thru sites are set on the tarmac and are large enough to accommodate even the biggest of travel trailers.

Some of the additional features include restrooms, showers, and access to recreational trails. Even though there is no WiFi and limited mobile coverage, you’ll never get bored. The campground is pet-friendly so bring along your furry friends. Reservations can be made up to six months in advance through a simple to use online system. To help preserve Michigan’s campgrounds, please don’t transport firewood.

Exploring the Area

Even though Hartwick Pines State Park is one of the largest in the state’s Lower Peninsula, you’ll soon be seeking some extra thrill beyond the park’s boundaries. Surrounded by pristine woods, Ridge Golf Course is a staple when it comes to up-north golfing outings. The well-maintained course may be a bit tight, but that will just sharpen your golfing skills. After a great time in the memorable holes, you ought to try some dishes in their diner, spectacular.

Speaking of food, poorly cooked food can turn even the most exciting getaways into just another boring outing. That’s why your campervan should be pointed towards Grayling. Apart from having just about every major fast-food outlet in the state sitting in downtown, the town has its fair share of fine dining establishments, complete with a rustic gastropub which serves a great variety of drinks including must-try homemade craft beers.

Why not carry a piece of good old Michigan back home by visiting the Call of the Wild Museum in Gaylord. Apart from having an impressive gift shop, the local gem has a wide range of North American Wildlife and a theater. While at it, don't forget to try their mind-blowing fudge.

RV Rentals in Hartwick Pines State Park, MI

Hartwick Pines State Park, MI is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.

There are many popular rentals in Hartwick Pines State Park. Outdoorsy's Hartwick Pines State Park RV rental marketplace allows renters to choose from rental options from professional RV rental agencies as well as RVs for rent by owner.

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What are RV rentals?

Renting an RV lets you enjoy the flexibility of RV travel without all the costs and maintenance of ownership. With a rental, you can book the perfect rig for any trip just like you would a car or hotel. With Outdoorsy, you rent directly from the RV owner but get the backing of programs like roadside assistance, insurance, and stellar support from real, live people 24/7.

How much are average RV rentals?

On average, you can expect to pay between $75 and $150 per night to rent most small trailers and campervans. Larger trailers and motorhomes could cost $100 to $250 per night. Renting an RV for a longer time can be even more affordable–a week or month-long rental could average out to less than $60 per day.

Are there RV rentals with unlimited mileage?

Yes! Each RV owner can choose whether to offer unlimited miles on their vehicles. You’ll be able to see if unlimited mileage is an option on any listing you check out. If unlimited miles are not available, you’ll be able to see what is included with the base rate and what extra miles will cost.

Are RV rentals pet-friendly?

Many RV owners allow pets in their rentals. Be sure to check the listing to see if it’s an option for the rig you have your eye on. You’ll be able to see if there is an extra deposit or fee for pets before you request a booking.

Do RV rentals offer delivery?

Having an RV delivered to your home or destination is a great way to simplify your trip. Many RV owners offer delivery and setup services, usually for an extra fee or within a certain distance of their location. Each listing shows whether or not delivery is an option.

Are there RV rentals near me?

RV rentals are available all over the country! Whether you want to pick up an RV near home to set out an epic road trip or if you want to have one ready at your destination, you can search by location for any type of rig.

RV rental vs buying?

Renting an RV is an affordable way to get all the benefits of RV travel without the maintenance and overhead of ownership. It’s also a great way to try out the lifestyle and different types of rigs before you take the plunge and buy your own. Already own an RV? Consider renting yours out to bring in some extra income.

How many people can sleep in an RV?

Small travel trailers and campervans can usually sleep 2-4 people comfortably. Mid-size trailers and motorhomes usually sleep 4-8. Bigger rigs often sleep 6-10, some even 12!

Why choose Outdoorsy vs Craigslist or Airbnb?

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What's around Hartwick Pines State Park, MI


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Popular Nearby Trails

Hiking Trail Location
Hartwick Pines Loop Hartwick Pines State Park, MI
AuSable River Trail Hartwick Pines State Park, MI
Mason Tract Pathway Grayling, MI
Jordan River Pathway East Jordan, MI
Deadman's Hill Trail Alba, MI
Shanty Creek Resort Trails Mancelona, MI
Wolf Creek Trail Mio, MI
Au Sable River Mio, MI
Hinchman Trail Mio, MI
Grass River Natural Area Loop Bellaire, MI

Popular Nearby Campgrounds

Campground Location
Hartwick Pines Campground Crawford County, MI
Otsego Lake Campground Otsego County, MI
Gaylord KOA Otsego County, MI
Higgins Lake / Roscommon KOA Crawford County, MI
North Higgins Lake Campground Roscommon County, MI
South Higgins Lake Campground Roscommon County, MI
Northern Nights Family Campground Roscommon County, MI
Whitewater Township Park Campground Grand Traverse County, MI
East Jordan Tourist Park Campground Charlevoix County, MI
Sturgeon Valley Campground Emmet County, MI

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Marathon Gas

Gas station/dump station. This is not nearest to drop off but is listed on RVdumps.com.

Jun 4, 2019