The mitten state is a great state to go camping in with your family, and we’re sharing a list of the best camping spots for families in Michigan! From Sleeping Bear Dunes to Pictured Rocks, we’re sharing a round-up of the great camping spots to check out with your family this summer!
Best Camping Spots for Families in Michigan
Taking a camping trip anywhere in Michigan is going to be a great outdoors experience your family will talk about for years to come. Yet, if you are looking to take a great camping experience and turn it into an epic adventure, you need to check out these parks that have great campsites and stunning views of the gorgeous Michigan terrain. From enormous dunes that blanket the beaches of Lake Michigan to the majestic roaring waterfalls in the Upper Peninsula, Michigan has many hidden gems where you will want to sleep underneath the stars. Be sure to grab this list of the best camping apps you will need before going camping.
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
The dunes and vistas of this national park are impressively towering and challenging to cross. Reaching the lake across this stretch of dunes is not for the faint of heart, but the view and accomplishment is worth all the sweat.
The D.H Day Campgrounds of this park are more rustic, and the views of the beach are in the backyard of many of its tent sites. The night here is so dark, away from city life, you can see the Milky Way and more stars than you thought possible.
(Caution: the raccoons at Sleeping Bear Dunes know how to get past a bungee-corded trunk and will stop and nothing to get to your Spicy Sweet Chili Doritos.) Plus, use this list of 25 Camping Activities to do with your family.
Tahquamenon Falls State Park
Tahquamenon Falls is one of the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi, sometimes called “Little Niagara.” The falls have a rusted-red color that makes them unique to the traditional white color of most falls.
The sound from these falls can be heard from a reasonable distance, while the path to them is a short walk, and down a long flight of stairs into the woods. Tahquamenon Falls State Park Rivermouth Campgrounds is a popular campground and great facility close to the falls.
Porcupine Mountains State Park
Porcupine Mountains State Park provides over 87 miles of hiking trails and many great scenic views. With many rustic cabins and modern campsites, along with swimming and boating areas, there’s something here for everyone that enjoys the outdoors. Click here for great camping around Porcupine Mountains State Park.
Warren Dunes State Park
Warren Dunes State Park is one of the most popular destinations to visit in Michigan. With massive sand dunes covering the beach, over 1 million people visit this park each year. Here are some of the best campgrounds near Warren Dunes you are sure to enjoy.
Pictured Rocks National LakeShore
The view at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is stunning. The rocky cliffs with caves and arches, jutting hundreds of feet out of the water, are neat to kayak past. Beaver Creek Campground is a hike away from this park and has great views of the lake. A few years ago, we camped near the Pictured Rocks area in our SUV, and it was an amazing experience!
Traverse City State Park
Traverse City is a neat city to visit with little shops and the Victorian City Opera House that has many great shows. Traverse City State Park has so much to offer also, from hiking, fishing, swimming, biking, and many other outdoor activities. There are many great Traverse City Campgrounds to choose from all around.
Don’t forget to grab this list of essential kitchen items you will need on your camping trip!
Wilderness State Park
Wilderness State Park is another great camping area, with so much to do. There are over 250 campsites in this park but book early, as they go fast.
If you go hiking here, be sure to grab a map, it’s easy to get lost in the lush woods and trails. Also, be sure to check out Wilderness State Park geocaching trail.
These are among the best parks in Michigan that have campgrounds and picture-worthy views you won’t want to miss. Which park are you planning on visiting soon? What are other great campsites in Michigan that might not have made this list, let us know down below!