Wilderness State Park

Wilderness State Park in the Petoskey Area offers visitors many year-round recreational activities within its 10,000-plus acres, including numerous trails and a designated dark sky preserve for observation of the nighttime sky.

The entire park hosts 26 miles of Lake Michigan Shoreline, 20-plus miles of trails, a swimming and pet-friendly beach, and unique camping opportunities. For more information and a full list of the amenities (campgrounds and trails) in the park, click HERE.

This park is also designated as a dark sky preserve – great for viewing the night sky!

2022 Meteor Showers:

  • Delta Aquarids: July 29-30
  • Perseids: Aug.11-12
  • Draconids: Oct. 8
  • Orionids: Oct. 21
  • Southern Taurids: Nov. 4-5
  • Northern Taurids: Nov. 11-12
  • Leonids: Nov. 17-18
  • Geminids: Dec. 13-14
  • Ursids: Dec. 22

The terrain is a mixture of dense coniferous forest and mature hardwood forest, with pockets of open meadows and carpets of wildflowers in the spring. There is an abundance of small ponds mixed in with coniferous wetlands. Please pay attention to trail signage and carry a map.

This is also home to the beautiful Sturgeon Bay Beach just 3 miles north of Cross Village and 20 miles north of Harbor Springs.