the dyrt
Anna A.
Midland, MI
Joined August 2018
Adventure enthusiast who is just trying to travel the world one day at a time.
Absolutly Gorgeous

We had an absolutly gorgeous site that was right on a ridge overlooking the lake. We just had to walk down the ridge to get to the lake. The site had a nice amount of trees to hammock from and a good amount of space for our larger tent. The facilities there were nice. Do note that spots are first come first serve.

Very nice

This campground was cute and had very nice facilities. Our campsite was near the mouth of the river. It had ample room at the campsite, a fire ring, clean bathrooms, and a close water source.

Only 2 Sites

Like others said in reviews, there are only 2 campsites! Which is quite inconvenient if you get there and they are all taken up. Other than that, it is a cute and quite campground right on the edge of a small river. Sadly our neighbors while staying there were quite abnoxious and loud, and you can’t avoid them because there isn’t much privacy or space between the sites. I would stay here again in hopes of having better neighbors.

Gorgeous Views and Facilities

I have been going to this State park since I can remember. We often take our horses trail riding there for a week every couple of summers of just go down for weekend trips to go hiking.

The horsemans campground is nice and well equipped with wooden racks to tie tie your horses to, water, electricity, and really nice bathrooms and porta-potty style bathrooms spread throughout. We would typically get a campsite a long one of the creeks and us kids would play in it.

The park that is set in massive hills and valleys has lots of different trails, a nature center, a pool, a lodge with a pool/park, large and small cabins for rent, various overlooks, playgrounds, historical sites, a fire watch tower you can go in, beautiful gathering places (large open cabins), daily activities throughout the park, a horse stables, amphithéâtres, a restaurant, a gift store, and much more.

I highly recommend going in the fall, the trees and hills are alive and bursting with color. Also while there stop into the cute little town of Nashville and grab a bite to eat at the Big Woods Brewing Company and visit the artisan shops!

ES-1 Campsite

This state park is absolutely gorgeous and has so much to it. We stayed at a campsite on the Escarpment trail (ES-1) and it was absolutely gorgeous. It was right on a ridge, had a bear pole, a fire ring, and an ample amount of space. It was about a 4 mile hike through ridges, deep forest, hills, and valleys if you left from the Lake of the Clouds parking lot. If you left from the Chayboga creek lot, then it was about 1.75 miles of mostly steep inclines. Make sure to bring plenty of water with you, the closest water source is next to the Chayboga creek parking lot which is quite a hike if you are tired and dehydrated.

In all this has been one of my favorite backpacking sites and recommend it to everyone. Keep in mind that you do have to reserve the backcountry campsites before hand!

Pricy and Packed

We went to try and get a tent camping spot here and they told us it would be$35 a night! just for a tent! That paired with the campground being packed with loud people, we decided to go somewhere else.