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Old 07-24-2014, 11:29 AM   #1
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Michigan SP versus Kentucky SP

I live in Michigan and always thought very highly of our state parks. This spring I went down to KY's Natural Bridge SP and was reminded of just how nice our parks are!

The KY SP had no information about local attractions, the welcome center was 2 bathrooms and a bunch of hotel coupon books, the camp bathrooms were not very nice (IE: Plastic curtain between communal showers).

I then camped this past week in Hartwick Pines SP in Michigan- such a difference! Information, rangers, people around to answer questions, the bathrooms are modern and spotless! Lots of programs, events, and just tons of information.

Anyone else from outside Michigan have an opinion/comparison to other state parks?
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Old 07-24-2014, 11:46 AM   #2
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I have not camped in MI yet... but I want to... I've heard nothing but positive things about the parks there...

I will say, if you are looking for a "similar-to-MI" experience, please visit us here in WI.. We too are spoiled with great amenities.. It is refreshing that our states have grasped the importance of a SP that offers the amenities that will keep those tourism dollars local..

We are weekend warriors here in WI and visit our SP's often.. They've usually been very positive and offer a nice Ranger station where you check in.. the bathrooms are mostly nice too.. It appears they are constantly working on improving them at each park we visit....

As a former resident of KY.. I can likely guess the reason for the poor experience is; lack of funding.. Once you get out to the rural area's of KY, there isn't enough of a tax base to properly fund the parks... It's sad.. KY is such a beautiful state and could attract precious tourism dollars (actually, any state with half a brain should be doing this).. It is a minimal investment that pays HUGE returns... It's been my experience that campers tend to contribute to the local economies of the municipalities that boarder State and National Parks..
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I believe oakcreekeric hit the nail on the head. Our Kentucky State Parks used to be some of the top camping/lodge destinations in the nation. Sadly this has changed due to funding shifts away from parks and to other more "important" areas. There is always talk within the ranks of government about vastly upgrading the system, and the tourism dollars that it will bring in, but the up front dollars and cents just aren't there.

We were at Natural Bridge State Resort park 2 weeks ago for 4 days. Just like Smithers said, the campground is small and the dump station dismal, at least at one of the two campgrounds we were staying in. In fact we had to drive to the other campground just to dump. Had a great meal at the lodge and the scenery from the dinning room is fantastic.

HOWEVER, Red River Gorge is beautiful, and it has National Forest campgrounds (no hookups) that are beautiful. The hiking at RRG is some of the best in the nation. We walked many miles taking pictures of wildlife and even seeing black bear. We hiked the RRG taking our puppy (pets are allowed in the National Forest)with us and everyone thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Pets are NOT allowed on trails within the state parks any longer due to irresponsible pet owners causing problems.
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Old 07-24-2014, 12:19 PM   #4
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We will be visiting MI and WI, summer of 2015. The postings about how nice the parks are in MI & WI make me interested in possible stays. Can the SP's handle 44' coaches? What are the normal hookup's available?

In TX we do not stay at our SP because most are so run down with the Gov. taking funding away about 10 yrs ago. They were not that great before reduced funding.

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Old 07-24-2014, 01:02 PM   #5
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osok...

Your 44' will be tight in some, actually make that most, parks.. I'm not saying it can't be done... you will need careful planning...

Couple things to be aware of here in WI:
  1. You have to go to the following website to make a reservation within the WI SP system.. Keep in mind, reservations are allowed up to 11 months in advance... So if you're planning a trip next year, you better start looking at reservations now.. Find Campgrounds - ReserveAmerica
  2. One of the nice things about making reservations is they provide a picture of the site. It not always the best, but at least you're not going in blind...
  3. I believe there are plenty of sites that will handle your length, but height is another question.. you will need to monitor your clearance level..
My biggest recommendation is to visit Peninsula State Park... it is the crown jewel in the WI State Park system..


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Old 07-24-2014, 01:51 PM   #6
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I will attempt to "Hijack Back" with the following MI DNR LINK. Sounds like a similar system to WI, you can tell them what size you are, what amenities you want and it will filter from there. My advice for MI SP parks is anything north of Lansing (The middle of the state), the lower SP tend to be weekend warriors, which we are often a part of, but the further north you go the more beautiful, quiet, and secluded the campsites become.

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I have not used a state park in KY, but have found excellent state parks in CO, OR, TN, GA, and MS. I have stayed in a MI park and it was very nice.

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Smithers and Oakcreekeric, thanks for the information on your SP's. Looking forward to visiting both of your states. Have already requested each state visitors guides.
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