There’s a lot of chaos out there in the world. But today, it’s going to be different. Today, you can exhale.

Today, you’re in Emmet County, Michigan.

A mere 27 miles North of us here at Hearthside Grove is a very special place. Among the features that make this area so special are its inherent beauty and plentiful natural resources. Emmet County’s vast tracts of thickly forested lands and expanses of clear, clean waters are priceless recreational areas for residents and visitors.

Today, nearly 30 percent of the county’s 300,000 acres is in public ownership among federal, state and local governments. Here, visitors find abundant flora and fauna amidst a landscape made for day-long hikes and bike rides across miles and miles of trails, both paved and primitive.

Emmet County was made for outdoor recreation. Among the county-owned gems are the Headlands, encompassing more than 600 acres of verdant woodlands and more than two miles of undeveloped Lake Michigan shoreline.

Visitors often glimpse native wildlife, such as bald eagles, osprey, white tail deer, turkeys, coyotes and black bear. Marked nature trails wind through the acreage guiding hikers, bicyclists, cross-country skiers and photographers through old-growth forests in each breathtaking season of the year.

At nearby Cecil Bay, the setting is similar: One mile of undisturbed shoreline borders 800 acres of wilderness, including the Carp River, which empties into Lake Michigan. The property also boasts a boardwalk and sandy beaches perfect for picnicking and sunbathing after a swim in the cleanest of waters.

McGulpin Point Lighthouse is an attraction that draws thousands. Purchased by the county in 2008 from private McGulpin Point Lighthouse HSG Emmet Countyowners, McGulpin Point was toured by more than 11,000 visitors in 2010. Its historical significance to the region is irreplaceable. To the native Odawas, who remain a viable, active tribe today, it was a place where their ancestors first gathered.

McGulpin Point Lighthouse functioned as an operating navigation aid from 1869 to 1906. Today, it’s an historical landmark settled on approximately 60 acres and more than 300 feet of shoreline, with commanding views of the Mackinac Bridge. (There is never a charge to visit the lighthouse; season is May 15-Oct. 31)

Camp Pet-O-Se-Ga has been one of the most popular campgrounds in the state, thanks to its well-maintained grounds and situation on Pickerel Lake, with access to the famed Inland Waterway boating and water recreation route. The 300-acre park includes nature trails, a swimming beach and abundant trout fishing. There are cab- ins to rent and rustic sites, as well.

And in between these unbeatable spots for outdoor recreation, there are still many more to discover, in every season. Emmet County’s two ski hills – Nub’s Nob and Boyne Highlands – draw thousands north- ward for some of the best skiing and snow boarding in the Midwest. Snowmobile routes criss-cross the county and provide access to statewide trail systems for days spent adventuring.

Progressive organizations like the Top of Michigan Trails Council, Little Traverse Conservancy, Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council and Emmet County’s Recycling and Parks and Recreation departments work to protect these resources that draw so many to the north woods and waters for family fun, healthful activities and unparalleled beauty.

For generations, the most respected and internationally regarded families, entrepreneurs, executives and corporate leaders have come to Northern Michigan for rest and relaxation and found, in turn, a wealth of reasons to invest their time and resources.

In recent decades, summer homes have evolved into year ‘round residences, as families find their niche along the shores of Lake Michigan. The region’s diversified economy, world-class health care, quaint and inviting downtowns and high-achieving schools complement breathtaking scenery found at every turn.

During the summer of 2010, one of TV’s most well-known hostesses, Kathie Lee Gifford, devoted more than three minutes of airtime extolling the beauty and tranquility she experienced in Emmet County (watch the video here.) It’s one of innumerable accolades this region has long-received, from internationally regarded publications such as the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal to a bevy of blogs and Facebook friends.
Emmet County inspires. Imagine yourself here. Today.

To download a copy of Emmet County’s promotional magazine, Imagine, which tells the stories of those who choose to live, work and play here, go online to www.emmetcounty.org. For more information, free maps and brochures, contact Beth Anne Piehl, Emmet County Director of Communications and Web Development, at [email protected], or (231) 348-1704.

Beth Eckerle is the Communications Director for Emmet County.

Emmet County Michigan
For more information: http://www.emmetcounty.org

McGulpin Point Lighthouse;
Season – May 15-Oct. 31.
For more information: www.emmetcounty.org/mcgulpin/