Hartwick Pines State Park Virgin Pines Scenic Drive

Grayling, Michigan

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This 8-mile, one-way loop drive meanders through Hartwick Pines State Park—a stand of virgin pine, a climax forest, a red pine plantation—and crosses the East Branch-Au Sable River twice. An educational experience in the different components of forest life, this drive is quiet and filled with wildlife. Special attractions: Visitor center, logging museum, Virgin Pines Foot Trail, Au Sable River Foot Trail, and the Mertz Grade Foot Trail. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
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Scenic Driving Michigan

by Kathy-jo & Ed Wargin (Falcon Guides)

This 8-mile, one-way loop drive meanders through Hartwick Pines State Park—a stand of virgin pine, a climax forest, a red pine plantation—and crosses the East Branch-Au Sable River twice. An educational experience in the different components of forest life, this drive is quiet and filled with wildlife.

Special attractions: Visitor center, logging museum, Virgin Pines Foot Trail, Au Sable River Foot Trail, and the Mertz Grade Foot Trail. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.

©  Kathy-jo & Ed Wargin/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Grayling
Distance: 8
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Hartwick Pines State Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Hartwick Pines State Park: Virgin Pines Scenic Drive

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