Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park

Wakefield, Michigan

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park Professional Review and Guide

"This is the superstar in the Michigan State Park system, the largest undeveloped forest area in the state. “The Porkies” offer very few park roads but 87 miles of hiking trails through forest that includes stands of virgin old-growth hardwoods. But visitors flock here for the camping and the day-use areas. Despite its popularity and heavy use, the park still main- tains its wilderness appeal. Legend has it the Ojibwa named this long conglomerate and basalt escarpment for its resemblance to the prickly forest resident. In addition to abundant backcountry sites, camping is in the rustic Presque Isle Campground to the west with its 50 sites, or Union Bay Campground to the east with 100 modern sites. Both are close to the Lake Superior shoreline. The North Country Trail passes through the park. Cabins in the woods are popular year-round. Don’t miss the view of Lake of the Clouds and from Summit Peak. Whole books have been written about this park."

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Jun 2018