Headlands International Dark Sky Park, Mackinaw City

#2 of 11 in Parks in Mackinaw City
National Park · Hidden Gem · Park
One of only six such parks in the U.S.at the time of designation in 2011~one of only ten in the world! Enjoy Emmet County's dark wilderness at the Headlands anytime of day or night, all the year 'round. Located 2 miles west of Mackinaw City in Northwest Lower Michigan, at the top of Michigan's mitten on the Lake Michigan shoreline.

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  • The night we went, we were able to see a gorgeous sunset but then the clouds moved in and we could not see any stars. But being able to sit and enjoy the lake was worth it.  more »
  • We stopped during the day rather than at night. There were trails with a lot of rocky shoreline to explore. We discovered birds, butterflies, caterpillars, spiders, bees, flowers and even a snake...  more »
  • Well this is just about the coolest thing ever on a clear night sky. The day we were out there (morning of August 5, 2019 from midnight to 1 am) the observatory's astronomer was out in the "auditorium" area with his telescope showing us Jupiter, Saturn, Andromeda, some globular clusters and more. It was wild. So entertaining and educational! He spend a good 15-20 minutes walking us (a crowd of ~20 people) through pretty much all the major constellations, going in depth on several. Lots of questions and answers. The hour with him has been the best part of our week-long vacation. So fortunate to have this place and that astronomer there (plus the clear skies!!!).
  • I truly love this place. They have so many trails to walk down an explorer. Plenty of outdoor seating for you to relax and enjoy the night time Skyline. 1 tip to getting the best experience out of the international dark sky Park would be make sure there is no moon in the sky and no cloud coverage. I hope everyone checks out this park

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