Finding a great place to hike when you live in Mid-Michigan can be challenging. The terrain is pretty flat and there is city everywhere but places like Lake Lansing Park North provide a break in the mundane.
Presque Isle Park is truly a diamond among gems. This 323 acre park is located on a peninsula that juts into Lake Superior in Marquette, Michigan.
Seney Wildlife Refuge is a place of peace, relaxation, and wildlife. It is our favorite stop after a long week of hiking. With everything from waterfowl to eagles to bear, there’s no place quite like it.
Not only does Fort Wilkins Historic State Park offer camping and day use facilities, but it also features an 1844 military outpost. If that isn’t enough, it also contains one of the first lighthouses built on Lake Superior.
There is plenty of activities to do here, including biking, fishing, hiking, swimming, cross-country skiing, and wildlife watching. The hiking trail, Fort Wilkins Foot Trail, is 4.0 miles long and is open to a variety form of traffic.
There are three options for camping at the historical park, including a cabin, a group use area, and a modern campground made up of 159 campsites.
Overall, this is a nice family campground but not a great option if you prefer a rustic style of camping like we do.
Estivant Pines Sanctuary
In 1971 Lauri Leskinen published an article in the Houghton Daily Mining Gazette called The Last Stand. It addressed protecting “one of the last stands of virgin pines in the Midwest” from the lumber industry. This article paired with photographs of loggers cutting down the pines taken by Charles Eshback, started a movement known as “Save the Pines” and by August 17, 1973 the Michigan Nature Association received a copy of the deed to the area where these massive trees resided. So began the sanctuary.