Tahquamenon and Beyond: Michigan’s Best Quiet Winter Recreation Spots

Julie Bitely

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Michigan's best quiet winter recreation spots
Interest in quiet winter recreation – think snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and winter camping – is on the rise.
If you’re looking for a way to enjoy a beautiful Michigan winter day (or night) in peace and quiet, here are some great spots to check out.
  • Tahquamenon Falls State Park is a popular tourist destination in the summer and thanks to two marked snowshoe loops and a half-mile packed walking trail, there’s no reason you can’t also the falls in the winter. Track chairs help make the park accessible to all (reservation required).
  • Fumee Lake Natural Area in the Upper Peninsula’s Dickinson County has trails that vary in length, difficulty and terrain, suitable for snow shoeing and cross country skiing.
  • While Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is a packed summer tourist destination, winter affords visitors a little more solitude and a beautiful backdrop for quiet winter sports and winter camping.
  • Enjoy 60,000 acres of pristine wilderness at the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. Snowshoe, cross-country ski and winter camp to your heart’s content in the “Porkies”.
  • If you’re new to snow shoeing, the Ludington State Park offers guided snowshoe walks on select Saturdays in January and February. The park stays open year-round for hiking and snowshoeing so you can enjoy the pristine beauty of Lake Michigan in winter.
  • Kensington Metropark is located in Milford and offers wooded, hilly terrain surrounding Kent Lake. Ski or snowshoe on the park’s trails or fish or skate on frozen lake waters.
  • Cross-country skiing at Waterloo Recreation Area, the largest park in the Lower Peninsula, starts at the Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center. The more than 20,000-acre park is located in Chelsea.
Where do you go when you want to enjoy the peace and quiet of a wintry Michigan day? Tell us your favorite spots in the comments.
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