Traverse City State Park

Address: 1132 US-31, North, Traverse City, MI 49686
Reservations:(800) 447-2757
Phone:(231) 922-5270


Useful links for this area:
Traverse City State Park
Traverse City 
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park
Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail
Glen Arbor


Spring has sprung friends! It is hard to believe that just a week prior to this we were slopping through snow, sleet, and rain to walk from the house to the camper. In a crazy turn of events, the sunshine decided to show up just in time for National Park Week!
National Parks are just another wonderful beautiful part of Michigan. We love our state parks, but we are so blessed to also have some beautiful National parks here in the Mitten. This week is National Park Week, so entrance to all of the National Parks are Fee Free! We thought we’d take advantage and head up to Sleeping Bear Dunes.

While booking a campground for this trip I quickly learned that most campgrounds in the area do not open prior to May 1st. There are a select few State Parks that are open year-round though, and Traverse City State Park is one of them. This park is about 25 minutes to the Sleeping Bear Dunes, so we figured it was a great place to park the camper for our visit.

Surprisingly, We’ve never stayed at this park. It’s such a popular area, but then, we tend to like a little more quiet and Traverse City State Park is RIGHT in the middle of the city. We heard two ambulances buzz by just in the short amount of time we were setting up camp. Thankfully, that was all for the entire trip.

This campground is located on a BUSY road. It is, however, fenced all the way around, so it’s safe to let the kids roam. Since it’s April, there were only a handful of other campers, and the boys had a lot of room to wander.



There is a small playground for the kids- but don’t get too excited. There are 4 swings, two slides, and a small bounce toy. It’s main playground is actually not located in the campground, but across the street at the State Park Public beach. It’s a really nice area, but again, across the busy road.  We spent an hour or so here, basking in the sun and letting the kids play.


I do love that this is a year-round campground, those are a little hard to come by, however, we still payed $30 a night and the water was not turned on. This included electric only. They were hooking up the water as we were leaving. The bathroom house with showers and toilets was open and available for use though, thankfully!


We found this guy lurking around the campground. Not sure where he came from. 🙂


IMG_4535-EditAlthough in the city, this campground does offer ample amounts of trees. I do love that about this space.  We had a lot of fun playing in our new eno hammock, reading, and making breakfast below the trees.