Over 70% of all land here in Crawford County is owned by either the State or Federal government. What does this mean for visitors of Grayling? It means that the public has access to thousands of acres of gorgeous land to use for recreational activities. No matter what time of year you choose to visit, there is always something fun to do outside – even in the chilly winter months! The possibilities are truly endless.
If you love the outdoors, it can be hard to choose just a few activities to try when you visit. If you need suggestions, here are three must-try activities when visiting Grayling.
Get lost in nature! Explore the plentiful trails you’ll find in Grayling by backpacking your way through the scenery. There are both marked and unmarked trails throughout the area. As you make your way through, discover the extraordinary sights and sounds that are exclusive to the area. Seeing the views on foot is a fantastic way to stay active and see what you would miss off of the trails. Since you’ll have plenty of space to roam, be sure to properly prepare for your backpacking adventure.
Hit The Water
Love to swim, fish, kayak, canoe, or go out on the boat? In Grayling, there is plenty of room to do all five water activities! Lake Margrethe and Higgins Lake offer beaches for swimming, as well as room to take the boat out for a relaxing day on the water. If you prefer kayaking or canoeing, be sure to enjoy the slow-moving waters on the AuSable and Manistee Rivers. Planning on fishing during your trip? You can go fly fishing, lake fishing, or ice fishing (if you’re planning a winter visit!) at several area locations. Before participating in any water-related activities, have your entire family get familiar with water safety basics.
Experience The Fall Colors
Visiting Grayling later in the year? Be sure to take some time to soak in the breathtaking views of the fall foliage. Since the fall colors appear at different times throughout the country, make sure to research the best weeks to see the foliage before your arrival.
Planning Your Trip
Beyond the suggestions listed here, there are many other wonderful outdoor activities for you to try during your visit to Grayling. In all four seasons, you’ll find exciting ways to have fun, unwind, and enjoy the beautiful views. No matter which activities you choose, be sure to take in the serenity and beauty offered in this stunning part of the country.