Resting on the shores of Lake Michigan, Wilderness State Park got its name from its deeply forested terrain. Wilderness State Park is not too far from St. Ignace and Carp Lake. Located in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula in Northwest Michigan, this state park is about five miles southwest of Mackinaw City, making it a great choice to enjoy other outdoor opportunities. Those with an RV, cyclists, campers, and equestrians can spend their RV vacation exploring this 10,512-acre park.
Among the state park, many recreational activities are available in the form of water sports for the whole family to enjoy. Thanks to Lake Michigan’s 26 miles of shorelines visitors can enjoy fishing, swimming, and kayaking. If you would rather go exploring on dry land, there are many recreational trails crisscrossing the park. Book an RV rental in Emmet County to enjoy this interesting destination dotted with Meadows, ponds, forested dunes, and wetlands.
Hiking is one of the greatest ways to enjoy Wilderness State Park's great outdoors. Sixteen miles of trails are waiting to be explored when you take your motorhome rental to Wilderness State Park. There is an additional 14 miles of trails comprising part of North Country Trail. Start your day by sampling the six trails meandering through the park. Whether you are into water views, forests or wetlands you can pick one the best trails in the park including Wilderness-Sturgeon Bay Trail, Wilderness–Swamp Line and Wilderness-Red Pines. Along the trails, visitors are greeted by bears, beavers, and bobcats. Birders should also enjoy this place, as the rare piping plover are often spotted in the park. Most of the trails servicing the park are suitable for biking, hiking, and skiing. There is a dedicated geocaching trail. Remember to park pack mosquito repellent and bug spray in your travel trailer.
If you love hunting plan your RV camping at Wilderness State Park around the hunting season. Both the hunting of wild birds and small mammals is allowed. For those interested in bird hunting, they can try their luck on ducks, goose, and waterfowl along the shorelines. Amidst parks coniferous forest and mature hardwood forest hunters can get plenty of deer, beavers, and squirrels.
Bring your swimming costumes and get ready to enjoy the lake waters. During those hot summer months, you can cool off at the swimming area. Not interested in swimming head to the nearby sandy beach. Choose to relax as you read your favorite book or just listen to the calming breeze.
Camping at Wilderness State Park
Have you been looking for a fun-family-oriented campground to enjoy your RV vacation? Then bring your motorhome rental to Wilderness State Park and enjoy the year-round natural beauty of this facility. This park offers fun and relaxation for campers. There are 259 campsites spread in Lake Shore and the Pines Campgrounds. The outer loop sites have more privacy compared with inner loop sites, which are close to each other and are ideal for groups or larger families. Also, the Pines Campground is newer and has larger sites that are more wide open. So if you plan on bringing a large trailer rental, the pines campground is the most ideal. The largest campsites can accommodate a trailer of up to 50 feet.
To enhance your RV camping stay at Wilderness State Park, enjoy one of the campsites equipped with full hookups. Other amenities found in the park include a dump station, fire pits, and showers. The camping season is open from March to December. Pets are welcome here so load up Meggie and bring her along.
Exploring the Area
After you enjoy all the activities that motorhome camping at Wilderness State Park has to offer make your way to the Mackinac Bridge. Dubbed the "Big Mac," this is one of the world’s most beautiful and longest suspension bridges. Connecting Michigan’s Lower and Upper Peninsulas the bridge offers visitors awesome views of the area. For those who want to experience the bridge from below ferry ride tours are available. Interested in the history of the Mackinac Bridge? Then head over to Mackinac Bridge Museum eight miles away. Here you will find artifacts such as tools used in bridge construction.
The nearby 550-acre Headlands International Dark Sky Park offers wildlife viewing opportunities. Among the park notable wildlife are bears, deer, and eagles. Approximately 16 miles from Wilderness State Park lies Mackinac Island State Park in Mackinac Island. Endowed with beautiful rock formation, bluffs, historical monuments visitors can explore the island by biking, horseback riding, or hiking.
Straits State Park, about 14 miles away offers a wide range of outdoor activities including swimming, hiking, and picnicking. After exploring the Mackinaw City attractions consider visiting other state parks close to Petoskey and enjoy recreational activities in a natural setting.
Wilderness State Park, MI is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.
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