The Michigan State Parks encourage everyone to GO! Get Outdoors and enjoy the variety of activities available, from fishing the Detroit River at the Milliken State Park and Harbor east of the city center, to hiking the rugged Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park in the Western Upper Peninsula. In addition to recreational opportunities and stories around campfires, parks have planned Harvest Festivals, fun runs and special events like the Hartwick Pines Evening in the Logging Camp on September 25.
You’ll have to hurry to catch a ferry to Isle Royale National Park; the seasonal schedule wraps up at the end of September. There’s still time to visit the U.P. sites of Keweenaw National Historical Park, including the Quincy Mine and Adventure Mine tours, and enjoy the Lake Superior scenery from the trails or the boat tour at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. The cooler weather might be better for climbing the sand mountain at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in the Grand Traverse Region, which also can be seen from a Lake Michigan cruise boat.