Are you looking for a little-known Michigan State Park where you can paddle your kayak, ride your bike, and wander down abandoned railroad tracks? Look no further than Island Lake Recreation Area, which just happens to be one of the 22 Best Camping Grounds in Michigan!

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Lake Island Recreation Area is conveniently located just an hour outside of the Metro Detroit area, making it a wonderful stop for locals and visitors alike. Our friends at AllTrails have even created a short list of the 10 best trails in the Island Lake Recreation Area. Folks looking for accessible trails should take a close look at number 6 on that list.

If you’re looking for a bite to eat after a long day on the trails, we cannot recommend Cheryl’s Place enough. The exterior is shaped like a small castle and it’s one of the most quaint things you’ll ever see.

Have you discovered a hidden gem of a State Park in Michigan? We’d love to hear about it in the comments!

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