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Address: 1132 US 31 North, Traverse City, MI 49686
Phone Number:
+1 231-922-5270

Popular with families, this park offers a variety of outdoor recreations...

Popular with families, this park offers a variety of outdoor recreations from swimming and sunbathing to biking and camping.

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CAMPGROUND: Pedestrian Bridge between campground and beach. Bathrooms could use more attention. Beach is great.

As a camper at the campground, we were able to pick out our site in person, so we chose a site that was on a curve. It was great, very spacious. Although we were relatively... read more

Reviewed 11 August 2016
Traverse City, Michigan
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Lower Michigan
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586 reviews
141 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 253 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2016

Quiet and pretty in the fall. We were able to go for a run with the dogs on the Tart Trail (right behind the park) then afterwards cross the pedestrian bridge and go for a dip in the lake. Lots of places to eat nearby.

Thank MissMyDog
Sterling Heights, Michigan
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73 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 September 2016

Have stayed at this park for 10 years running. Unique for a Michigan State park, as it's actually right in town. Across the main street from the combination park/day use beach, but there is a walkway over the road and the beach is large enough to accommodate all. Surprisingly quiet given that it borders the main road M-72, especially in... More 

Thank KennyMSQ56
Cheyenne, Wyoming
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28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2016

We stay here when we can't get our time share exchanged on the east bay. The park is wonderful, the park employees go out of their way to make sure you have everything you need. Will continue to camp here whenever we can.

Thank Linda L
Mt pleasant, mi
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18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 31 August 2016

What a perfect location. It's close to town, but yet a relaxed rustic feeling. Then you have the beach right across the street and the bike trail next to the campground. The pedestrian walk over the road makes it so nice.

Thank deborahsI6850YB
Chicago, Illinois
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48 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2016

It's important to understand up front that Traverse City State Park is an urban campground, meaning that it's right in town. Given that there's so much to do in Traverse City and given the high cost of hotels in the area, this Park is both a bargain and a delight. The camp spots themselves are larger than we've typically experienced... More 

Thank chicagomelinda
Traverse City, Michigan
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19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2016

As a camper at the campground, we were able to pick out our site in person, so we chose a site that was on a curve. It was great, very spacious. Although we were relatively close to the highway, I was surprised that the road noise was minimal. The bathrooms are very busy, of course, so it would be nice... More 

Thank ActiveGrandmother
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55 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

I couldn't get over how clean this beach is. From the sand to the water. I have been all over the world, to many beaches. This beach, for me has it all. When I swim in this water I don't worry about sharks, sting rays, and jelly fish. This water is so clean. I will never go down south anymore.... More 

Thank susieQ49_62
midland, mi
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406 reviews
123 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

First time camping here and didn't know what to expect. Blindly booked a site online. I was pleasantly surprised at the bathhouse. Also they have ice and wood for purchase. TART bike path is awesome, takes you across town and around the bay. Campsites are wooded, mostly shaded. There are some low ones though so if you tent, be careful.... More 

Thank roger3116
Taylor, Michigan
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36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 July 2016

Only used the "day use area". Great swimming beach.Very accessible. Close to downtown ( aprox. 4 ml. )

Thank ron f
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 July 2016 via mobile

Been to better, been to worse places. The campground was generally very noisy (both people and the highway traffic). I wasn't all that impressed that the campground was not on the same side as the beach.There is a bridge that leads across the highway. But the view of the bay was of course beautiful. This was a good place to... More 

Thank Tiffany H

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