Hangin’ in Hammocks: A Michigan Guide

The new millennial trend, hanging a hammock between two trees, is changing the way Michiganders relax, camp and sleep. Have you tried one yet?

Now-a-days it’s hard to walk through a college campus or public park without seeing one or two of these swinging seats hanging from the trees. The hammocks, which are comprised only of a thin nylon sheet and two paracords that stretch around the trees, are an easy and cheap way for everyone to “hang” outside.

Using time outside to read, do puzzles, chat with friends or even take a nap on your hammock are all simple ways to get outside and connect with nature. You can take your hammock anywhere that has trees: backpacking, a park, nature centers or your own backyard. Relaxing outside can also decrease stress and reduce anxiety, one of the reasons why hammocking has become so popular.

Sleeping in hammocks is so beneficial for your health, that some people have ditched their camping tent altogether. In comparison, tents often take a longer period of time to set up and can be a hassle to carry, where hammocks offer you flexibility and convenience. On average, it only takes about 8-10 minutes to tie up. Hammocks are even showing up at music festivals and weekend camping sites as an easy alternative.

Hammocks can be the perfect place to read, relax while camping.
Hammocks can be the perfect place to read and relax when camping.

The natural slope of the hammock has helped people sleep better but also helps individuals fall asleep faster and for longer amounts of time. Dr. Steven Park, a head and neck surgeon and member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, says ideal sleeping position is lying on one’s back, with the head slightly elevated about 10 to 30 percent, which is the natural position of a hammock. This sleeping style also optimizes blood flow to the brain and provides an unobstructed breathing pathway to your lungs.

Check out some of these Michigan parks that have scenic views as well as plenty of trees for you and your hammock:

  1. Adams Street Landing, Holland
  2. Bald Mountain Recreation Area, Lake Orion
  3. Bond Falls Scenic Site, Paulding
  4. Clark Lake, Watersmeet
  5. De Tour Peninsula Nature Preserve, De Tour Village
  6. Gilmore Park, Wiedman
  7. Huron-Manistee National Forests, Cadillac
  8. Kalamazoo River Valley Trail, Kalamazoo
  9. Luton Park, Rockford
  10. Maybury State Park, Northville
  11. Rainey Wildlife Area, Manistique
  12. Riverside Park, Ypsilanti
  13. Sharp Park, Lansing
  14. Sleepy Hollow State Park, Laingsburg
  15. Zemmer Park, Columbiaville

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What cool places in Michigan have you hung your hammock? Comment below.

Photo Credit: Andrew Malone (feature), Dana Blankenship, A Healthier Michigan (inset)

 

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  1. There is a sign in the woods on the east side of Mackinac Island that reads, “No hammocking beyond this point”. Does this mean there are areas on the island where you CAN hammock?

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