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Explore Fayette Historic State Park

Michigan is a state that is rich in history and overflowing with natural resources — and when you visit Fayette Historic State Park, you get to experience both the beauty of the past and the present. This state park, which is located in the Village of Garden in Delta County, features a historic townsite as well as a campground, harbor, beach, and five miles of trails.

Explore Fayette Historic State Park

Fayette Historic Townsite

Your day at this Michigan summer bucket list attraction should begin at the historic townsite, which features more than 20 buildings that have been lovingly preserved so that visitors can learn more about what life was like in a Michigan industrial community in the 19th century. While Fayette Historic State Park is open throughout the entire year, you can only experience the historic townsite if you visit during the summer months. This seasonal attraction opens in the middle of May, and visitors are welcome to explore the buildings until the middle of October. There are both self-guided and guided tour options available.

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Snail Shell Harbor

After you have taken a stroll back in time, you will want to come back to the present moment and soak up the views at Snail Shell Harbor. This harbor, which is nestled in the heart of the historic townsite, has waters that are surprisingly deep. With 15 slips available, there are boats that go cruising through the harbor on a regular basis. In addition, visitors are able to scuba dive within the harbor, but only during specific and scheduled times. A permit is required to scuba dive, but those who participate may discover hidden treasures below the water — some of which include artifacts from shipwrecks. The key is to look at the treasure, but not to touch. Everything must be left exactly as you found it.

Hiking Trails in Fayette Historic State Park

Of course, no visit to the Fayette Historic State Park would be complete without an adventure. Throughout this 711-acre park, there are more than 5 miles of hiking trails. Visitors of all skill levels can hike along these trails in order to experience the natural wilds of this park and to appreciate the panoramic views that surround them.

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More to Do Near Fayette Historic State Park

When your day is finished at Fayette Historic State Park, you may be craving even more time outdoors in Michigan. There is nothing quite like a Michigan summer in the Upper Peninsula, and there are so many places to explore. If you are interested in visiting another park near Garden, you may want to consider a stop at Ludington Park in Escanaba.

This coastal park is located on the shores of Lake Michigan, and it features a bicycle path, a swimming beach, and a fishing pier. If you happen to be visiting during the week, you may want to make time for the weekly outdoor concerts that take place at the Karas Memorial Band shell on Wednesday evenings. It is one of the most relaxing and enjoyable ways to finish a day in the U.P.

Upper Peninsula Lighthouses Near Fayette Historic State Park

As you continue to cross off items on your MI bucket list, don’t forget to add a few lighthouses to your itinerary. There are several lighthouses that are located nearby Fayette Historic State Park, including the Sand Point Lighthouse in Ludington Park and the Manistique East Breakwater Light in Schoolcraft County. 

Where to Eat Near Fayette Historic State Park

With all of these outdoor adventures, you won’t want to forget to make time for a few good meals. For a fine dining meal in a casual atmosphere, consider The Stonehouse in Escanaba. It is the perfect place to go when you want to get a delicious meal for an affordable price without the pomp and circumstance of a fancy restaurant. For a more low-key meal, you may want to think about Mo’s Pub, which is open for dinner service in Escanaba.

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Campgrounds Near Fayette Historic State Park

Camping is one of the most convenient ways to make the most out of your time in the Upper Peninsula. There are several campgrounds in and around Garden, including the Fayette Historic State Park campground. This campground is a favorite among locals and visitors alike, and it allows you to surround yourself with the natural beauty of the park, as well as easily access its interesting attractions.

For those with an RV, the Bay Ridge RV Park and Campground is an excellent choice in Garden. This campground has more than 40 sites available, and its waterfront location makes it particularly popular among campers.

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