Hartwick Pines is rich in scenic beauty and different habitats. The principal features of this park are the 49-acre forest of Old Growth Pines and logging museum. There is ample subject matter for the sports person, photographer, or naturalist throughout the year.

Pretty easy walking. 2 views of the AuSable river are nice . IMO the sweetest part is the old growth Hemlock stand . That alone is well worth it . I love that area !

walking
2 months ago

Gotta do it! The trees are fabulous. Tom and Joyce

hiking
3 months ago

Relatively flat terrain, with two footbridges over the Au Sable river, made this a very easy and interesting hike to do. Saw people fishing in the shallow, clear water off of one of the bridges. After the second footbridge we ran into several boggy/muddy areas. Someone had laid down logs to provide a drier passage, but shoes got dirty so bring shoes you are okay getting mucked up a bit. Then came the absolutely stunning old growth hemlock forest. This is what I came to see and it was magnificent. Bring your camera!

hiking
3 months ago

This trail is one of the best nature trails in the area. Not many people use this trail despite two crossings of the Au Sable, a stand of old growth hemlock, and some giant white pines between the two bridges. Avoid the crowds at the old growth trail and visitor center by taking this trail instead. Bring your bug spray in the summer months as mosquitos can get pretty bad, especially in the cedar swamps. Enjoy the wildlife and sounds of nature in a picturesque setting.

hiking
3 months ago

Serene trail with many kid friendly rustic stops (bunk house, chapel, logging museum). Pet friendly. There were a lot of mosquito's this spring so bring the bug spray!

Had a great time on this trail today. I'm not sure if it's the time of year or the weather but mosquitos were a problem. Looking forward to doing it again in the fall.

Lush and full of outstanding old growth.

hiking
4 months ago

I think timing is key with this trail. The weather definitely effected us. It rained unexpectedly the night before so the bugs were awful. The woods are a wonderful sight, but the entire 3 miles we were engulfed by an enormous swarm of mosquitos and it made the hike miserable and it caused us to not pay as much attention to the beautiful sights around us. Bring lots of bug spray! We also went the last week of May which as I said: timing is key. We would LOVE to go back in the fall!

snowshoeing
9 months ago

Beautiful winter time hike! Would recommend wearing snowshoes though. We went without and did fine but only because the trail had been beaten down a bit by previous hikers.

hiking
Sunday, October 01, 2017

beautiful trail with lots of wildlife, be aware that there is some very wet boggy parts near the second river crossing, we had a tough time making it through in our hiking shoes (did not wear our boots or we would have been fine)

Sunday, October 01, 2017

great trail and easy for the whole family and very informational for the kiddos. Sadly, on our visit a small section of the trail was closed for safety reasons so we had to back track and go around to see both sides of the loop.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Mostly awesome, however a few fairly wet mushy spots near river.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Amazing!

hiking
Monday, September 04, 2017

I've been going to HPSP since I was a very young kid. I always return here with my parents to walk this loop. Lots of birds and easy enough for the whole family. I love the sound the wind makes as it rushes through the pine tops.

hiking
Sunday, April 23, 2017

Love the pines!

trail running
Saturday, September 17, 2016

Once you find a sign and understand the rectangular shape of the loops, you'll be fine. Signage is minimal but it is definitely marked. I went just before the fall colors typically arrive so I can't speak to the aesthetic of the trail with regards to beauty, but for the most part the trail in wide and mostly flat (although be aware - when the elevation does change, it does drastically!)

Thursday, April 07, 2016

beautiful

snowshoeing
Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Lovely; nice to see the pines and the chapel

hiking
Sunday, October 12, 2014

Walked a 3rd of the loop. Very peaceful forest trial. Spotted mushroom and a colorful fall walk. Also a very open trail for bikes. It was as if I was the only one there.

trail running
Monday, June 23, 2014

Nice area to trail run train the Danes .. Just don't wimp out on the hill .. Lol

hiking
Saturday, June 14, 2014

Great think forest and a great hike.

paddle sports
Sunday, September 15, 2013

129 miles of river started 8:30 am Friday September 6, 2013. Finished Sunday, September 8, 2013. 24 hours 15 minutes of actual paddling. Grayling, Michigan to Oscoda, Michigan. Overnight on Mio Pond on Friday. Camped on Cook Pond, Saturday Night. Finished in Oscoda at Finish Line Park, at 1:47 pm, Sunday.

My son Conrad was in the bow, couldn't have done it without him. Great trip!

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