Our Favorite Places to Sleep Under the Stars Around Detroit, MI

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Detroit. This bastion of industry, the arts, culture and history has its presence in so many different fields, and it doesn’t fail to entertain its residents year-round. Whether you are a visitor, returning home to see friends and family or a local looking for something to do close to home, you’ll find that Detroit truly has so much to see and do. Read on for some of our favorite places to sleep under the stars and enjoy the great outdoors here around the Motor City.

Sterling State Park

Sterling State Park is your destination for camping, stargazing, beachfront sports, fishing, hiking, watersports, and wildlife watching right here, just a forty minute drive south of downtown Detroit! This is a great spot for visitors in the late spring and early summertime who want to enjoy Lake Erie at its finest, in abundant sunshine and wide, inviting trails. Aside from these amenities, there are also playgrounds and motorcoach parking. At night, unwind with the rest at Sterling State Park and enjoy the night sky on this side of Lake Erie.

Milliken State Park and Harbor

For those staying in the Detroit area with access to boats and other water recreation vehicles, Milliken State Park is another location much closer to downtown Detroit to consider, directly on the International Riverfront! Aside from the ample space for boats, kayaks, and canoes, there is also some thirty-one acres of wetlands, paved trails and wilderness to enjoy. For those parties who want to enjoy the water but cannot go too far from Detroit, Milliken State Park and Harbor is a great option. 

Algonac State Park

Algonac State Park is another uniquely Detroit campsite, providing views of the passing freighters on the St. Clair River. Among some 1,400 acres of land, visitors will enjoy hiking, running, biking, fishing, picnicking, views of the skies over Michigan, and ample space for tents and campers/RVs alike. 

Maybury State Park

Visitors who want to enjoy a calm, serene wooded setting for their stay outdoors should consider Maybury State Park, complete with gentle rolling hills, hiking and bicycle trails, horseback riding, and seasonally permitting, cross-country skis. Aside from the wide spaces for camping, picnicking and sports, there are also a number of fire rings and even a functioning farm year round, to demonstrate life on a farm much as it was done a century ago! This is a great option for those families visiting the Detroit area who want space for everyone and wish to enjoy some of the best in Michigan’s outdoors. In addition, there are also the Maybury Track Chairs, specially designed wheelchairs for navigating wilderness and the forest, for those travelers who are requiring extra accessibility but still want to enjoy Michigan’s wilderness.

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