5 Amazing Outdoor Hidden Gems in Michigan That You Should Visit Soon!

March 1st, 2017

There are lots of amazing places in Michigan that are truly popular. From majestic waterfalls, extra-ordinary lighthouses, magnificent castles and mansions up to hiking and biking trails, Michigan truly has it all.

Aside from the popular tourist destinations, there are also hidden gems in Michigan that most people didn’t know about. And if you want to know some of those hidden gems, check the list below.

Fayette Historic State Park, Upper Peninsula

Today, Fayette Historic Townsite is a living museum with many restored buildings. Visitors may walk through the buildings to learn about life in Fayette during the late 19th century. Over 20 buildings are open, with restoration continuing on other parts of the town. The townsite is open daily for visitors from approx. May through October. A visitor’s center and museum store are also located at the park. There is no admission charge; however, a Michigan State Park permit is required. Source

Nothing creepy here, folks.

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Kitch-iti-kipi, Manistique

This is the largest natural spring in Michigan. The name Kitch-iti-kipi means big cold water and is sometimes referred to as The Big Spring. Kitch-iti-kipi is an oval pool with an emerald green bottom. From the fissures in underlying limestone flows 10,000 US gallons per minute (630 l/s) of spring water throughout the year at a constant temperature of 45 °F (7 °C).  Ancient tree trunks with mineral encrusted branches can be seen, as well as fish that appear to be suspended in the crystal clear waters of the spring. Source

A true hidden gem of the Upper Peninsula

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Arcadia Dunes, Mott Nature Preserve

This dune might not be as popular as the Sleeping Bear, but it’s equally majestic and beautiful.

Arcadia Dunes includes over 15 miles of trail to explore dunes, forests and many other landscapes. Adjacent working farms have also been permanently protected, ensuring the longevity of this area’s rich agricultural heritage. This incredibly diverse preserve provides a wide range of recreation opportunities and experiences from hiking to birding to mountain biking. Source

A much needed weekend of sunshine, warmth and hikes with my favorite people in one of my favorite places.

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Sanilac Petroglyphs Historic State Park, Cass City

Sanilac Petroglyphs Historic State Park is the home of Michigan’s only known rock carvings attributable to Native American Indians. The carvings, known as petroglyphs, were discovered by residents after a fire swept through the area in 1881 and revealed rocks bearing the designs. Because they are made in relatively friable sandstone, geologists have been able to determine that the carvings were made 300 to 1,000 years ago, dating back to the Late Woodland Period.  The Bow Man, believed to represent a hunter, is the most well-known of the Sanilac Petroglyphs, rock carvings etched into a sandstone outcrop.

Drove by this numerous times, finally stopped. It was worth it!

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Beaver Island, Lake Michigan

Beaver Island is the largest island in Lake Michigan. And because the island is located in the middle of northern Lake Michigan, it’s the perfect place for dark skies star gazing around the state. The island is quite far from light and noise pollution thus making it a perfect spot for people who needs to relax and unwind.

Beautiful morning on the island! ??

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So what do you think of this hidden Michigan gems? Do you already have any favorite among them?


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