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Traverse City is a beautiful and vibrant northern Michigan area, perfect for camping trips throughout the year. There is plenty to do near Traverse City, including many miles of trails for hiking and cycling, interesting cultural and architectural sights, and a wide variety of restaurants.

The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is one of the popular attractions in the area. If you are planning a visit, these are some of the best Traverse City camping cabins to stay comfortable.

Camping Near Traverse City, Michigan


Wild Cherry RV Resort

Image from The Dyrt camper Shari G.

Wild Cherry RV resort is north of Traverse City and very close to the shore of Lake Michigan. The camp offers two cabins with a two-night minimum stay. The cabins are equipped with basic amenities, including a gas grill, a dining table, a queen bed, and one set of bunk beds. Wild Cherry RV Resort also offers yurts with a queen bed, a fire pit, a picnic table, and a gas grill.

“We visited Wild Cherry RV Resort on the recommendation of some friends and found the park to be nicely maintained.” – Nancy W.

Campground Details

  • Price: $99-135
  • Number of sites: 124
  • RV sites: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Yes
  • Pets allowed: No

Pat’s RV Park

Image from The Dyrt camper Steve F.

Pat’s RV offers comfy, rustic, and modern cabin, tent, and RV sites right by the Manistee River. The cabins can accommodate about four people each and are equipped with a refrigerator, a gas stove, full-size beds, and a bathroom with a toilet. The campground provides all necessary bedding, pillows, and towels. Pat’s RV Park is about a 40-minute drive from Traverse City and it’s located near the small town of Mesick. This is a quiet campground that’s perfect for relaxing and sightseeing day trips to Traverse City.

“There are some trails to walk the dogs, lake access, and plenty of spots to enjoy the views!! Simple and quiet spot!!” – Steve L.

Campground Details

  • Price: $85
  • Number of sites: 92
  • RV sites: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Yes
  • Pets allowed: Yes

Northern Exposure Campground

This campground is also right on Manistee River and offers six well-equipped cabins for families, couples, or friends in groups of four to six people. The cabins include a mini-fridge, a microwave, a table and chairs, a charcoal grill, an outdoor water tap, a fire ring, and a picnic table.

Northern Exposure Campground is a fun place to enjoy nature with the comfort of excellent amenities. The camp has a basketball court, hot showers, a pizzeria, available firewood, bait, ice, and a new beach volleyball court. It has all the necessary amenities for a relaxed stay near the water.

“Great campground. I think this is going to be one of our favorites.” – Macy M.

Campground Details

  • Price: $65-75
  • Number of sites: 216
  • RV sites: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Yes
  • Pets allowed: Yes

Birchwood Resort and Campground

This campground is located near the town of Cadillac in central Michigan and is one hour away from Traverse City. Around Cadillac, there are about 300 miles of trails for hiking and biking. Also, within 20 miles from Cadillac, there are eight different golf courses you can enjoy. The campground has six modern cabins and each one can accommodate about four people. Cabins include Wi-Fi, TV, air conditioning, a bathroom with a shower, a well-equipped kitchen, towels, and are just a 300-foot walk to the lake.

If you’re looking to escape the city without sacrificing comfort, Birchwood Resort offers excellent cabins and many fun activities in the area. Visitors can take advantage of biking trails and pontoon boat rentals.

“My family spent eight days with Pat and Harold. They were very helpful and courteous.” – Jada H.

Campground Details

  • Price: $115-189
  • Number of sites: 33
  • RV sites: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Yes
  • Pets allowed: Yes

Timber Ridge RV and Recreation Resort

Image from The Dyrt camper Barbara P.

If you are looking for Traverse City camping cabins close to the metropolitan area, this campground is a great option. It’s one of the closest spots you’ll find to Traverse City with cabin camping options and features a small beach for enjoying the water. The campground offers deluxe cabins for two people, cottages for five, and bunk cabins for ten. The deluxe cabins are comfortable and well-equipped with a queen bed, electric heat, coffee maker and microwave, mini-refrigerator, and a bathroom with a shower.

Cottages are a bit more basic but still reasonably well-equipped with air conditioning, heating, and a kitchen with utensils. Choose Timber Ridge for a comfortable and convenient place to stay near Traverse City.

“This is a very busy and large campground that is typically full in the summertime.” – Alison H.

Campground Details

  • Price: $99-199
  • Number of sites: 200+
  • RV sites: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Yes
  • Pets allowed: Yes

Honcho Rest Campground

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This is another excellent option for Traverse City camping cabins that is a short drive from the downtown area on Bass Lake. Enjoy fishing, swimming, canoeing, and other water activities at this beautiful freshwater cabin campground.

This is a family-oriented campground where people tend to know each other. There are six wooden cabins designed for four people, although the campground says they can accommodate larger families, as well.

Cabins include air conditioning, cable TV, mini-fridge, front porch, fire ring, and picnic table, among other amenities. Honcho Rest offers lovely little cabins with everything you need for a comfortable stay.

“I love coming to this campground to spend time with my family.” – Sarah P.

Campground Details

  • Price: $89-129
  • Number of sites: 104
  • RV sites: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Yes
  • Pets allowed: Yes

Traverse Bay RV Resort

Image from The Dyrt camper Bucky W.

Another camping option with cabins within a very short drive of Traverse City is Traverse Bay RV Resort. This camp lies east of Traverse City and very close to the shore of Lake Michigan.

The park offers excellent amenities, including full-service hookups, an outdoor heated swimming pool and spa, a fitness center, laundry facilities, and fast, complimentary Wi-Fi. Traverse Bay RV Resort has very comfortable and well-kept cottages with everything you need for a luxurious getaway.

“This place is amazing. It’s more like a country club than it is camping.” – Bucky W.

Campground Details

  • Price: $69-95
  • Number of sites: 217
  • RV sites: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Yes
  • Pets allowed: Yes

There are plenty of great Traverse City camping cabins to choose from, all close to the city. These cabin campgrounds are the perfect spot for relaxing after visiting the area. For more information, take a look at The Dyrt’s full list of Traverse City camping cabins.


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