12 Breathtakingly Beautiful State Parks In Michigan

Michigan is a total natural beauty, and we’ve got the proof right here! Between its lush forests, scenic sandy shores, and absolutely lovely lakes, Michigan is a state that’s best enjoyed outdoors. The state parks in Michigan really are an homage to Mother Nature, and absolutely worth visiting any time of the year. Bookmark this list of breathtakingly beautiful state parks in Michigan for the next time you’re looking for an adventure in the Mitten State.

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life. While we continue to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, please take proper precautions or add them to your bucket list to see at a later date. If you know of a local business that could use some extra support during these times, please nominate them here: onlyinyourstate.com/nominate

If you’re looking for more beautiful state parks in Michigan, we’ve got some that even have waterfalls! Our Ultimate Michigan Waterfall Road Trip features the most glorious falls in the Mitten State. Happy exploring!

Address: 12032 Red Arrow Hwy, Sawyer, MI 49125, USA
Address: State Park Dr, Indian River, MI 49749, USA
Address: 1765 N Lakeview Dr, Mears, MI 49436, USA
Address: State Park Dr, Laketown Township, MI 49423, USA
Address: 4 Inselruhe Ave, Detroit, MI 48207, USA
Address: 8800 M-116, Ludington, MI 49431, USA
Address: 102 W Straits Ave, Mackinaw City, MI 49701, USA
Address: Petoskey State Park, Bear Creek Township, MI 49740, USA
Address: 41382 W M-123, Paradise, MI 49768, USA
Address: Porcupine Mountains, Carp Lake Township, MI 49953, USA
Address: 1900 Atwater St, Detroit, MI 48207, USA
Address: 6575 138th Ave, Holland, MI 49423, USA
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Beautiful State Parks in Michigan

January 26, 2021

Does Michigan have any natural wonders?

Oh yes, Michigan has natural wonders — in spades! From the Northern Lights to Petoskey stones, sandstone cliffs to sand dunes, Michigan is full of natural wonders. And, of course, perhaps the largest and most famous natural wonder of all: Michigan’s Great Lakes. Read about 13 incredible natural wonders in Michigan here.

Are there any other scenic hikes in Michigan?

Michigan is one of the most lushly forested and scenic states in the nation. With four seasons and diverse terrain, the Mitten State offers an outdoor “choose your own adventure” anytime of the year! In terms of scenic hikes, the North Country National Scenic Trail in Lowell is just a quarter of the 4,600 mile path, but with 1,150 miles in the state of Michigan you’ll see everything from vast views of Lake Superior to miles spend in the cool quiet of the woods. Greenstone Ridge Trail in Isle Royale State Park is considered a difficult train, and interestingly enough the national park itself is the least visited park in the lower 48 states. Why? It’s remote and thoroughly rustic, but the experience is truly breathtaking. Although you’ll be filtering your own water, you’ll have breathtaking views of northern Lake Superior. We share more of our favorite scenic hikes in Michigan here.

What is the largest waterfall in Michigan?

The largest waterfall in Michigan can be found on the beautiful Upper Peninsula, and is known as the stunning Tahquamenon Falls. As one of the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi, it makes Michigan proud with its 200-foot span and 50-foot drop into the expansive Tahquamenon River. It’s $9 for a single day pass into Tahquamenon Falls State Park, and the price includes access to both the Upper and Lower Falls sights. Read about more Michigan waterfalls here.

Address: 12032 Red Arrow Hwy, Sawyer, MI 49125, USA
Address: State Park Dr, Indian River, MI 49749, USA
Address: 1765 N Lakeview Dr, Mears, MI 49436, USA
Address: State Park Dr, Laketown Township, MI 49423, USA
Address: 4 Inselruhe Ave, Detroit, MI 48207, USA
Address: 8800 M-116, Ludington, MI 49431, USA
Address: 102 W Straits Ave, Mackinaw City, MI 49701, USA
Address: Petoskey State Park, Bear Creek Township, MI 49740, USA
Address: 41382 W M-123, Paradise, MI 49768, USA
Address: Porcupine Mountains, Carp Lake Township, MI 49953, USA
Address: 1900 Atwater St, Detroit, MI 48207, USA
Address: 6575 138th Ave, Holland, MI 49423, USA