Wilderness State Park

Wilderness State Park

Address: Wilderness State Park 903 Wilderness Park Dr. Carp Lake, MI 49718
Countie(s) trail is located in: Emmet
Trail Type(s): Camping <> Cross Country Skiing <> Fishing <> Hiking <> Mountain Biking <> Snowmobile <> Swimming <> Canoe/Kayak
Trail Measurement: Trails: 22.75 Miles & Area: 10,512 Acres
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The Wilderness-Big Stone is a rugged and breathtaking destination located in Emmet County, Michigan. With its winding trails, unique rock formations, and stunning vistas, it’s a must-visit destination for anyone looking to explore the great outdoors.

The trails of the Wilderness-Big Stone wind through a variety of landscapes, from dense forests to rocky hillsides. Along the way, visitors can expect to see a variety of wildlife, including deer, squirrels, and a wide variety of birds.

One of the highlights of the Wilderness-Big Stone are the unique rock formations that can be found throughout the area. These massive boulders and rock outcroppings were left behind by glaciers thousands of years ago, and have been shaped and eroded by wind and water over time. They make for a striking contrast against the natural beauty of the surrounding wilderness.

For those who enjoy hiking, the trails of the Wilderness-Big Stone are both challenging and rewarding. With their steep inclines and rocky terrain, they offer a great workout and plenty of opportunities for adventure. And for those who simply want to enjoy the scenery, there are plenty of scenic overlooks and picnic areas along the way.

Overall, the Wilderness-Big Stone is a must-visit destination for anyone who loves hiking, wildlife, or simply enjoying the beauty of nature. With its unique rock formations, stunning vistas, and rugged terrain, it’s a true gem of northern Michigan.

Wilderness State Park offers visitors a variety of year-round recreational activities within its over 10,000 acres including 26 miles of beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline, numerous trails, six rustic cabins, and three rustic bunkhouses.

Wilderness State Park offers visitors a variety of year-round recreational activities within its over 10,000 acres. Wilderness areas and 26 miles of beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline provide great places to observe nature from the numerous trails throughout the park. The park’s 250 modern campsites are divided into two units, the Lakeshore, and the Pines. Six rustic cabins and three rustic bunkhouses are additional options for accommodations within the park.

Check out Wilderness State Park’s geocaching trail, with 16 geocaches included in the trail, and an additional 4 caches in the park for beginners.

The terrain is a mixture of dense coniferous forest to mature hardwood forest, with some pockets of open, wet, meadows mixed in. There is an abundance of small ponds mixed in with coniferous wetlands. It is easy to get lost and everyone going into the forest is advised to carry a map and compass.

Please visit the links below for important maps of Wilderness State Park.
For a map of Wilderness State Park click here.
For a map of ski and snowmobile trails click here.
Recognition: Proposed for Legal Dedication (2), The Nature Conservancy Natural Areas Registry (2), Dedications by Natural Resources Commission Resolution (4)

Sizes: Natural Area – 2,582 acres Wilderness Area – 4,492 acres

Location:11 miles west of Mackinaw City, at the northern tip of the Lower Peninsula

Management: Wilderness State Park

Activities: Hiking, birding, swimming, cross-country skiing, hunting, fishing, outdoor education, and more!


Wilderness-Big StoneTrail Length in Miles: 0.75 (Miles)Wilderness-East BoundaryTrail Length in Miles: 2.00 (Miles)Wilderness-East RidgeTrail Length in Miles: 1.00 (Miles)Wilderness-HemlockTrail Length in Miles: 0.75 (Miles)Wilderness-NeboTrail Length in Miles: 2.00 (Miles)Wilderness-North CountryTrail Length in Miles: 5.50 (Miles)Wilderness-Point RoadTrail Length in Miles: 3.50 (Miles)Wilderness-PondsideTrail Length in Miles: 0.25 (Miles)Wilderness-Red PineTrail Length in Miles: 1.25 (Miles)Wilderness-South BoundaryTrail Length in Miles: 1.50 (Miles)Wilderness-Sturgeon BayTrail Length in Miles: 2.25 (Miles)Wilderness-Swamp LineTrail Length in Miles: 2.00 (Miles)


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References and More Info

  • DNR
  • Compass Latitude: 45°43’27.5″N
  • Compass Longitude: 84°57’54.5″W
  • Numeric Latitude: 45.7242958
  • Numeric Longitude: ‘-84.9651437
  • Elevation in Feet:
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  • Trail Measurement: Trails: 22.75 Miles & Area: 10,512 Acres


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