The Porcupine Mountain Wilderness State Park consists of over 60,000 acres and contains the largest tract of old-growth hardwood forests west of the Adirondacks.
The State Park is home to black bears, deer, wolves, river otters, and even moose, as well as rare woodland plants that depend on the old-growth forest habitat that abounds here.
Visiting the virgin forests, free-fowing rivers and undisturbed beaches of the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness is like taking a step back in time. There are great hiking and mountain bike trails here and hundreds of waterfalls, secluded lakes, wild rivers, and streams.
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The Wilderness Visitor Center should be your first stop in the Porkies. It’s located along the South Boundary Road, three miles west of Silver City on M-107.
Here, you can:
check on trail conditions
register for backpacking
get directions to scenic sites
check wildlife sightings
note the interpretive activities and guided hikes schedule (see below!)
The center has an exhibit hall featuring natural communities of the mountains and native wildlife species including fisher, goshawk, gray wolf, porcupine, peregrine falcon, bear, and beaver. The exhibit hall also displays the history of the Porcupine Mountains from prehistoric copper miners to the lumber camps of the early 1900s.
Just outside the Visitor Center is an easy and enjoyable, self-guided nature trail. This mile-long loop takes about 45 minutes and highlights the wildlife and other natural features of the northwoods.
The Visitor Center is open from mid-May through mid-October.
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107th Engineers Memorial Hwy, Ontonagon, MI 49953, USA
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For the Lake of the Clouds you can drive straight to the overlook however if you hike a few miles on the North Mirror Lake, Big Carp River, or Escarpment trails the views are even better!
The park offers some great guided hikes, including this one. For a detailed schedule or to get directions, stop by the Wilderness Visitor Center, park headquarters, or either of the park campground offices.
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As boondockers, our favorite spot is the Presque Isle Campground, on the western end of the park.
It has 50 sites and about half are generator free. This is quiet. You can sometimes hear wolves howl at night and most of your neighbors are in tents, campers, or small RVs.
Then you can drive to Summit Peak and walk a half-mile to the observation tower for the premier panorama of the park.
Finally, down at Presque Isle, hike the 2-mile loop formed by the East and West River Trails that run parallel to the wild and scenic Presque Isle River. Boardwalk and viewing platforms allow breathtaking views of this river. Spectacular waterfalls, cascades, and rapids are just a short walk from the parking area.
Presque Isle Campground's season runs from April 1st – November 30th. Reservable dates are April 1st – October 15th.
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the second national park created in the U.S. after Yellowstone, Mackinac Island State Park encompasses less than four square miles of land. See why we ranked it as one of the 5 former national parks to visit: https://rvlifestyle.com/5-former-national-parks-to-visit/