Take a hike through a Winter Wonderland
Tue, 02/28/2023 - 1:51pm caleb
Snowshoeing and more winter fun continue to happen in Grayling
Jessica Shepard | Staff Writer
For me, when Christmas is over, the snow ceases to exist. But does it actually stop existing? Sadly, no. So being a northern Michigan gal, we must push on!
We are fortunate here to have the most beautiful views and tons of space to explore it. Recently, Hartwick Pines has made it so easy to do.
Hartwick Pines State Park has nearly 10,000 acres of the most beautiful land, making it the largest state park in the lower peninsula, according to the Grayling Visitors Bureau. Each year, more than 250,000 visitors visit Hartwick Pines. Along with the beauty nature offers, there is a campground, visitors center, and paths for bikers to enjoy – around dozens of other things to do.
While I usually venture out and enjoy them on hikes during the warm summer months, this year I had to check out their snowshoeing.
“My husband and I have had our snowshoes for years but never actually took them out,” said Cathy Lewis, Roscommon resident. “Funny enough, it wasn’t until a friend who doesn’t live here any longer asked if we would be interested in going with them. We thought why not!”
Vicky Robson, a former Grayling girl, has followed Hartwick Pines on Facebook for a while.
“I saw they there were hosting a free snowshoe and hot cocoa event, and that it was supposed to be a beautiful winter day, so it seemed like a great time to get some friends out and have fun,” Vicky said.
“It was free, which is great,” Cathy said. “It was also guided, which helped.”
Snowshoeing can be a little tricky at the beginning, but overall it’s a very user friendly sport. It entails putting large snowshoes on your feet, and to me, it feels almost like you’re gliding on clouds. One of the most important aspects of snowshoeing is making sure you have the proper equipment, and that it is well fitting. Hartwick Pines does offer some free rentals, as a first come first serve basis, but if you are considering doing it regularly, I would recommend checking out Northbound Outfitters, located on 72 West. Not only are they affordable, but they are locally owned and will work with you to find the best fit for your needs.
“This was so much fun,” said Carol Brannan, another who attended the snowshoe event. “The fresh air and the sounds of the snow crackling we’re great. I can’t wait to get out there again already!”
If you want to find out more information about snowshoeing or other winter events, check out Grayling Visitors Bureau for more information!