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.
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!
And if you’re looking for some great Michigan parks on the eastern side of the state, be sure to check out Tawas Point State Park in East Tawas!
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Beautiful State Parks in Michigan
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.