Two sessions: 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Space limited; pre-registration required.
Use our snowshoes or bring your own!
Whether you are a novice or an experienced shoer, join us for a hike through the Lower Peninsula's largest stand of old-growth white pines.
Your hike begins at the Michigan Forest Visitor Center with:
- an orientation and introduction to Hartwick Pines and
- a short talk on winter survival and equipment.
Then, you will head into the woods, guided by the park interpreter and the park historian. Each one-mile hike, limited to 20 participants, features:
- a discussion of the forest in winter and how winter was important to Michigan's 19th-century logging industry.
- stops at deer beds and
- looking for signs of porcupines and other animals that use the forest in the winter.
The hike ends at the logging museum, where participants can:
- warm up around the "camboose," the museum's elevated fire pit
- enjoy a cup of hot cider and
- hear stories about "shantyboys" enduring a winter in the woods.
This event is free of charge.
Hartwick Pines Logging Museumpart of the Michigan History Museum Systemis located eight miles northeast of Grayling in Hartwick Pines State Park; a Recreation Passport is required for park entry. Read more Hartwick Pines Logging Museum visitor information.
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