5 state parks feature campsites: Petoskey, Burt Lake, Fisherman’s Island, Young and Wilderness State Parks. Most parks offer swimming, picnicking, hiking and boating. For State Park reservations anywhere within Michigan, 1.800.44.PARKS.
Camp Petosega – 90 RV and campsites and swimming beach on Pickerel Lake. 231.347.6536.
Petoskey KOA Holiday – One mile from Lake Michigan. Several amenities. 888.665.0784.
Jellystone Park Petoskey – On Little Traverse Bay close to downtown. 231.347.1027.
Avalanche Mountain Preserve – Boyne City’s jewel – take the long way up via trails or climb 462 steps to the top of this outlook point. Views of Lake Charlevoix make it worthwhile either way.
Little Traverse Conservancy Nature Preserves – Protects 70,000 acres of land in this area and 136,000 overall. Activities to enjoy: educational walks, birdwatching, nature study, photography.