6 Stunning State Parks Near Detroit Where You Can Camp All Year-Round

No matter what the weather is like, there’s something wonderful about escaping the city for a camping adventure. Whether you’re bringing along the whole family or enjoying a romantic getaway with your sweetheart among nature, a day or two spent in the great outdoors is undoubtedly good for the soul. If you’re looking for year-round options, here are six fantastic state parks (and state recreation areas) within driving distance of Detroit that will satisfy your camping cravings. Check them out!

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Address: 2700 Glengary Rd, Commerce Charter Twp, MI 48390, USA
Address: 3361 S Lapeer Rd, Orion Twp, MI 48360, USA
Address: 8555 Silver Hill Rd, Pinckney, MI 48169, USA
Address: 7835 E Price Rd, Laingsburg, MI 48848, USA
Address: 8970 River Rd, Clay Township, MI 48001, USA
Address: 6301 Kensington Rd, Brighton, MI 48116, USA
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Year-Round Camping in Detroit

February 02, 2022

What are some of the best state parks near Detroit?  

Did you know that there are 103 different state parks scattered all over the Mitten? Yep – 103. This makes it kind of hard to decide what to do and where to go first, but no worries – we’ve done some of the footwork for you to make it a little easier! There are lots of state parks within reasonable distance from Detroit, like Seven Lakes State Park, which is 1400 acres of absolutely amazing, breathtaking landscapes you won’t believe are so close to the big city. Milliken State Park and Harbor is a much-loved, popular state park among the locals, but outside of Motor City, people hardly realize it exists! It offers amazing lake views and lovers of lighthouses will REALLY love this one. We also love Algonac State Park, which is alongside the St. Clair River and offers great camping opportunities. Then, there’s also Lakeport State Park, near Lake Huron, where you can book a cabin! For more of our favorite, lesser-known state parks near Detroit, check this article out.  

Where can I go hiking around Detroit?  

Who says you can’t hike in or near a big city? We sure don’t – that’s a myth, anyway. Detroit just so happens to have plenty of excellent hiking, walking, and biking options, all of which have their own pros and cons. Some of our favorite hiking trails around Motor City include Paint Creek Trail, which is in Oakland County and is great for joggers, cyclists, and hikers. We also like the Clinton River Trail, which extends from Oakland County to Sylvan Lake and is positively rewarding to conquer. Then, there’s Maybury State Park, which offers an excellent six-mile trek through the park that you’re sure to love. Finally (and this list is nowhere near exhaustive, of course), for those who prefer an urban setting, check out this Dequindre Cut, which you access by taking Mack Avenue to Atwater and then from there to the Riverwalk. It’s a delight!  

Address: 2700 Glengary Rd, Commerce Charter Twp, MI 48390, USA
Address: 3361 S Lapeer Rd, Orion Twp, MI 48360, USA
Address: 8555 Silver Hill Rd, Pinckney, MI 48169, USA
Address: 7835 E Price Rd, Laingsburg, MI 48848, USA
Address: 8970 River Rd, Clay Township, MI 48001, USA
Address: 6301 Kensington Rd, Brighton, MI 48116, USA