Travel Planner

Episode #2105

“The Last of the Old Growth Forests in Michigan”

Episode #2105 Travel Planner

We take a trip to the last old growth forest in Michigan. One of the largest state parks in the Lower Peninsula, Hartwick Pines features 49 acres of old-growth pine forest, a visitor center and logging museum, a modern campground and 21 miles of trails.

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Grayling / St. Helen / Detroit River, Michigan



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Hartwick Pines State Park

Hartwick Pines State Park

Location: 3612 State Park Drive - Grayling MI
Phones: (989) 348-7068
Hours: 8am - 10pm Year Round

With an area of 9,672 acres, Hartwick Pines is one of the largest state parks in the Lower Peninsula. The park's rolling hills, which are built of ancient glacial deposit, overlook the valley of the East Branch of the AuSable River, four small lakes and unique timber lands. The principal feature of this park is the 49-acre forest of old growth pines which gives the park its name. This forest is a reminder of Michigan's past importance in the pine lumber industry as well as a source of inspiration for the future of our forests. The park is rich in scenic beauty and because of the different habitats it encompasses, there is ample subject matter for the sports person, photographer, or naturalist throughout the year.

Episode #2105

Dirty Smoke of the 222 BBQ & Pizza

Dirty Smoke BBQ

Location: 10100 E Airport Road (Trails End Motel) - Saint Helen, MI 48656
Phone: (989) 389-3222

Dirty Smoke of the 222 features BBQ that’s been perfected over 25+ years, Detroit Style Deep Dish Pizza made with attitude and a touch of Dirty Smoke, specialty Dawgs, Kettle Corn and more. Located at the Trails End Motel on Airport Road in St. Helen.

Episode #2105

Walleye Fishing | Detroit River

Walleye Fishing

Location: Lake St. Clair, St. Clair Shores, MI
Captain Joel Piatek: (586) 243-0914

Fish Headz is a professional outfitter providing TOP-NOTCH fishing experience on Lake St. Clair catching some of the countries most south after targets: Walleye, Perch, Bass, Muskie and Sturgeon. As a resident with over 30 years experience fishing and hunting the area, Captain Joel knows what the hot bite is and where to find it! He uses the latest methods, electronics and equipment to ensure you are fishing productively!