The Headlands, an International Dark Sky Park

The Headlands, an International Dark Sky Park

In May 2011, the Headlands became the sixth International Dark Sky Park in the United States and the ninth in the world. This 600-acre parcel of old-growth forest sits on more than two miles of undeveloped Lake Michigan shoreline in Emmet County. Here you will find the darkest of skies, undiluted by light pollution and preserved in perpetuity by Emmet County. Monthly, free Dark Sky Park programs and special events are held at the Beach House and on the shoreline. Two large houses are available for rent as well, accommodating more than 20 each. Signs in the park direct visitors to designated Dark Sky Viewing areas. No camping, but the park is open 24/7 year 'round, with five miles of trails throughout the property. No entrance fee. Dazzling night sky for photographers, astronomers and dark-sky enthusiasts!.

The Headlands Park of Emmet County is located on the Straits of Mackinac, 3.8 miles west of downtown Mackinaw City. Photo below courtesy of Robert de Jonge,

About the Dark Sky Park

Contact Information


7725 E. Wilderness Park Dr.

Mackinaw City, MI 49701

Driving Directions

Reservations: (231) 436-4051

Phone: (231) 348-1704


Location of The Headlands, an International Dark Sky Park

Map of Michigan