Michigan May 30, 2017
The Michigan Beach That’s Unlike Any Other In The World
Michigan has no shortage of breathtaking beaches. From white-sand shorelines to waterfront campgrounds, there’s are literally hundreds of spots throughout the state to enjoy the unparalleled beauty of our Great Lakes. But there’s one beach here in Michigan that’s absolutely unique — and you might just want to stick around forever.
Petoskey State Park is tucked away on the lovely shores of Little Traverse Bay.
The park itself boasts over 300 acres of gorgeous land to explore, with everything from rolling dunes to an on-site campground.
The views here are nothing short of magical, but that's not what makes Petoskey State Park so unique: this beach is also the perfect place to hunt for Petoskey stones.
As Michigan’s official state stone, the Petoskey stone is a cherished find for beach-goers. There’s nothing like embarking on a mini treasure hunt along the shore.
It’s easy to identify a Petoskey stone: simply look for a brown or grey stone dotted with a beautiful coral-like design. This design makes sense, as petoskey stones are actually remnants of a coral reef that once thrived in Lake Michigan.
When you spend the day at Petoskey State Park, you’ll be delighted by your waterfront hunt for these gorgeous stones. Of course, rock-hunting isn’t the only way to enjoy a trip to this one-of-a-kind beach.
Dip your toes in the refreshing water, float peacefully on an inner tube, or curl up on the shoreline with a good book. What’s not to love?
You’ll also find picnic areas, plenty of soft sand for the kiddos to play in, and clean bathroom facilities near the beach. This is Michigan at its finest.
The park even offers kayaks and other equipment for rental, so you can make the most of your time at this outdoor wonderland.
Before you call it a day, count up your Petoskey stones and see which family member was able to gather the most. Hunting for these stones is an age-old Michigan tradition that never seems to lose its magic.
Whether you’re a frequent visitor, a first-timer seeking to embark on an exciting Michigan pastime, or a beachgoer seeking a scenic and safe spot to relax, one thing is for sure: there’s nowhere else in the world quite like Petoskey State Park.
Tell us: what are some of your favorite Petoskey stone-hunting memories? Have you spent time at this beautiful state park? We’re always eager to hear from you in the comment section below.