Hartwick Pines State Park RV & Campground Guide


Close to both Grayling and Gaylord, Hartwick Pines State Park covers more than 7,000 acres. Though I-75 runs by the park, the large trees block out the highway noises and let you enjoy some peace. It is home to the Hartwick Pines Logging Museum, which traces the history of the logging industry in Michigan, and the Michigan Forest Visitor Center. Stop by the center to check-in as soon as you arrive.

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Spring 28-67 F
Summer 49-80 F
Fall 44-70 F
Winter 15-31 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Hartwick Pines State Park

Renting an RV lets you visit all the campgrounds in and around Hartwick Pines State Park along with other state parks. Search for an RV rental on RVshare to find one in Grayling or another nearby city. RV owners offer rentals that include everything from multiple bedrooms and bathrooms to flat-screen televisions and central heat and air.

Hartwick Pines Modern

When traveling with family or friends, consider staying in Hartwick Pines Modern, which has large sites with full hookups. Each site puts you within walking distance of four trails that are open during cold and warm seasons. An on-site dump station makes it easy to get the RV ready before you leave.

  • Water hookup: Yes

  • Electrical hookup: Yes

  • Sewer hookup: Yes

  • Wi-Fi: Spotty

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Other amenities: Dump station, trail access, clean bathrooms, full hookups

Hartwick Pines Group Use Area

If you don't mind the lack of amenities, the Hartwick Pines Group Use Area is worth a visit. Located inside the park, it has a vault toilet and large spots with space for crowds. While it lacks modern amenities, the campground is close to the park's top trails and activities.

  • Water hookup: No

  • Electrical hookup: No

  • Sewer hookup: No

  • Wi-Fi: Spotty

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Other amenities: Vault toilet, trail access, rustic sites, large group capacity

River Park Campground

Stay for a week or longer at River Park Campground and save money with discounted rates. Prices for RV spots are just $30/night during the busy season. The recreation center and swimming pool give this campground a classic and old-fashioned feel.

  • Water hookup: Yes

  • Electrical hookup: Yes

  • Sewer hookup: No

  • Wi-Fi: Yes

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Other amenities: Discounted rates, playground, camp store, recreation center, swimming pond

Grayling Jellystone Park

Yogi Bear welcomes visitors to Grayling Jellystone Park. With level concrete spots, the campground makes setting up a quick and easy thing. In addition to daily planned activities during the busy season, this campground has cabin rentals and a jumping pillow near its swimming pool.

  • Water hookup: Yes

  • Electrical hookup: Yes

  • Sewer hookup: Yes

  • Wi-Fi: Yes

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Other amenities: Playground, basketball court, cabin rentals, swimming area, miniature golf course, cartoon theater, daily activities

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What to Do at
Hartwick Pines State Park

Inside Hartwick Pines State Park

The seven trails in Hartwick Pines State Park include the 7.5-mile Weary Legs Trail and the 0.25-mile Bright and Glory Lakes Trail, which takes you close to the water. If your legs aren't too tired, grab a pole and head to the fishing pier on Lakes Bright and Glory, which are handicap accessible. The lakes also have boat rentals that are available daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Stop by the Visitor Center to sign your kids up for the special programs and check out the Edward E. Hartwick Memorial Building, which is one of the state's oldest and largest log structures.

Outside Hartwick Pines State Park

Explore the world outside of Hartwick Pines State Park and visit a historic farm or a military museum. Local restaurants offer everything from BBQ to sweet treats. You might want to hit a store to find some gifts before you leave.


Spike's Keg O' Nails

One of the oldest restaurants in Grayling is Spike's Keg O' Nails. Operating since 1933, it draws a huge crowd, especially when U of M and Michigan State play. The menu includes appetizers and main dishes, as well as specialty drinks and desserts.

Type: Pub

Location: 301 Cedar St, Grayling, MI 49738

Grayling Restaurant

The specialty of the house at the Grayling Restaurant is the Lumberjack Breakfast, which comes with two eggs, meat, toast, and hash browns. That and all other breakfast dishes are available all day, but you might want to try the dinner menu, too.

Type: American

Location: 211 Michigan Ave, Grayling, MI 49738

Gray Rock Pub & Grub

Though the Gray Rock Pub & Grub has a dive bar look from the outside, the inside has a welcoming vibe that visitors and locals love. You can play a game of darts or pool while waiting for your order. Chicken wings and taco salads are a few of the top dishes.

Type: Pub

Location: 2123 Industrial St, Grayling, MI 49738

Bear's Den Pizzeria

The Cub Paws at Bear's Den Pizzeria features cheese breaded and fried until it turns golden brown. After that appetizer, keep things light with one of the salads or choose a personal pan pizza. The Kodiak and Black Bear are some of the specialty pizzas.

Type: Pizza

Location: 243 E Michigan Ave, Grayling, MI 49738

Dawson & Steven's Classic 50s Diner

Stepping into Dawson & Steven's Classic 50s Diner feels like stepping back in time. The 50s theme is clear from the decorations on the walls to the dishes on the menu. James Dean Burgers are a hit with most diners. It has separate menus for seniors and kids.

Type: Diner

Location: 231 Michigan Ave #1742, Grayling, MI 49738


The Sweet Life

No matter what type of gifts and souvenirs you want to buy, The Sweet Life has everything you want. Shop for clothing that will remind you of chilly nights and candles that smell like the park.

Location: 207 Michigan Ave, Grayling, MI 49738

Northbound Outfitters

Sporting enthusiasts love Northbound Outfitters for its wide range of outdoor gear and equipment. Shop for canoes and kayaks or roasting sticks and lanterns for your camping trip.

Location: 6041 W M-72 Hwy, Grayling, MI 49738

Family Fare Supermarket

Family Fare Supermarket is just a short drive from the park and offers all the essentials that you would find in a neighborhood grocery store. Check out the flyers to see the sales available during your trip.

Location: 2470 S, I-75BL, Grayling, MI 49738

Ron's Fly SHop

Get anything that you need for a day at the lake at Ron's Fly Shop. While you can pick out a new reel and look for fly fishing gear, don't forget to pick up some bait before heading back to Hartwick Pines State Park.

Location: 228 Michigan Ave, Grayling, MI 49738

Skip's Sport Shop

Another sporting goods store that is popular with campers is Skip's Sport Shop located right on M-72. The shop offers an extensive range of guns and ammo along with canoes, kayaks, and camping gear.

Location: 5765 W M-72 Hwy, Grayling, MI 49738


Crawford County Historical Society Museum

Discover the history of the area at the Crawford County Historical Society Museum. The permanent exhibits cover topics that include native wildlife and the tools that lumberjacks used. It also has a gift shop filled with products made by Michigan citizens and companies.

Location: 97 East Michigan Avenue, Grayling, MI 49738

Wellington Farm Park

Step back in time with a visit to the Wellington Farm Park, which shows what life was like for Michigan farmers during the Great Depression. During daily tours, volunteers demonstrate the tools and equipment that farmers used.

Location: 6944 S Military Rd, Grayling, MI 49738

Mason Tract Pathway

The Mason Tract Pathway is one of the best places to hike outside of the park. It consists of more than 10 miles of trails located between the Chase Bridge and M-72.

Location: Grayling, MI 49738

Pineview Military Surplus and Museum

Not only can you pick up gear that will keep you warm and safe at the Pineview Military Surplus and Museum, but you can also take a tour of the on-site museum too. The pieces on display date back to the Revolutionary War and include artifacts from modern battles.

Location: 604 Norway St, Grayling, MI 49738

Rialto Theatre

Fans of classic Hollywood cinema love the Rialto Theatre, which features some original details from its 1915 construction. It has just one screen but shows modern releases and older films.

Location: 302 E Michigan Ave, Grayling, MI 49738

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How to Get to
Hartwick Pines State Park

Get to Hartwick Pines State Park from anywhere via I-75 North. Look for Exit 259, which takes you to M-93, also called Hartwick Pines Road. You'll follow this road for roughly one mile before spotting the park's entrance and visitor center.

Entering Hartwick Pines State Park

Hartwick Pines State Park is open year-round. Note that the park visitor center and logging museum maintain different hours than the park itself. 

Hartwick Pines State Park Per vehicle/annual pass (Michigan residents) : $12.0

Hartwick Pines State Park Per vehicle/annual pass (non-residents) : $34.0

Hartwick Pines State Park Per vehicle/day pass (non-residents) : $9.0

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Frequently Asked Questions About Hartwick Pines State Park

What is the best time of year to visit Hartwick Pines State Park?

Summer is the best time of year to visit Hartwick Pines State Park. The temperatures are mild, and the park is full of wildlife. Late spring and early fall are also good times to visit the park, but the nights can be pretty cold.

What is the climate of Hartwick Pines State Park?

Hartwick Pines State Park is in northern Michigan, so the climate is frigid, especially in winter when temperatures often fall below zero. However, the summer is beautiful, with mild days and chilly nights.

What kind of wildlife can be found in Hartwick Pines State Park?

The park has a variety of fish in the rivers and creeks that run throughout the park. They also have a fish hatchery on-site. In addition, visitors may encounter all kinds of animals in the forests, including bears, deer, foxes, and even moose.

Are there designated RV camping spots in Hartwick Pines State Park?

Hartwick Pines State Park has over 100 camping sites designated for RVs with full hookups. RV spaces are large and separated for privacy and peacefulness. Shade trees cover the area leading to the on-site bathrooms and showers.

Do you have to reserve a camping spot at Hartwick Pines State Park and what is the cost?

You do not need a reservation to stay camp in the park, but you will want to reserve ahead anyway to make sure you have a spot. The cost ranges between $30 and $45 per night, depending on your RV and the camping spot.