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Grayling Area Cross Country Ski Trails

Cross Country Ski Headquarters – Roscommon
Located in Higgins Lake, Michigan. Cross Country Ski Headquarters is a Pure Michigan premier destination for cross country skiing in Michigan and the Midwest. It is the best source for cross country skis, equipment, clothing, cross country ski packages, and expertise. Located at 9435 N. Cut Rd., Roscommon, MI 48653. Cross Country Ski Headquarters: XC Ski [...]

Hanson Hills – Cross Country Ski Trails
Welcome to Hanson Hills Recreation Area located in Grayling, Michigan. Hanson Hills offers over 35KM of wooded rolling terrain that is groomed daily 14’ wide with set track to accommodate both classical and skating styles. Trail System opens Daily at 9:00am. Daily Trail Conditions Featured Events 2017 Cote Dame Marie Loppet – January 21, 2017 The 2017 Cote Dame Marie [...]

Forbush Corner Cross Country Skiing
Forbush Corner, a unique cross country experience. Enjoy miles of rolling, wooded trails that are carefully designed for all levels of ability and immaculately groomed by the largest fleet of nordic only grooming equipment in the midwest. Combine that with the Frederic micro climate of early and frequent snowfalls, and it adds up to FUN! [...]

North Higgins Lake State Park Ski Trails
North Higgins Lake State Park has 11 miles of cross-country ski trails. The trails wind through the mixed hardwoods that make up the mature wooded area. They cross over moderate hills and flatlands. North Higgins Lake State Park Trail Map (pdf) More Grayling Area Cross Country Ski Trails Cross Country Ski Headquarters

The Mason Tract Pathway Ski Trail
The Mason Tract Pathway Ski Trail is a 11.5 mile ungroomed skiing (and hiking) trail that follows the famous South Branch of the AuSable River. It is a point-to-point trail, located southeast of Grayling. The Mason Trace Pathway can be accessed at the Canoe Harbor State Forest Campground, just off of M-72 east of Grayling. The southern access [...]

Lost Twin Lakes Ski Trail
This trail is located 7 miles south of Houghton Lake on Reserve Rd (County Road 400). This 3 mile loop trail winds through an old growth pine forest. Designed for hiking and cross-country skiing this trail has several bridges, including a covered bridge. The trail contains scenic overviews of pristine wetlands areas. Great Getaways: Snowshoeing @ Lost Twin Lakes [...]

Ogemaw Hills Pathway Ski Trails
The Ogemaw Hills Pathway cross-country ski trails wind through approximately 15 miles of the AuSable State Forest providing groomed cross country trails for all skill levels. The Ogemaw Hills Pathway is located at the corner of Clear Lake Road and Fairview Road. Take Exit 212 (West Branch Exit) following Business Loop 75 to Fairview Road [...]

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Friday March 24th, 2017 - 4:41 pm

Cross Country Ski Headquarters

If you've ever wondered what kind of fun we can get down to when there's no snow, now's your chance to find out. Ski ya tomorrow at Cross Country Ski Headquarters! #euchre #$5waxjobs #boscosticks #turndownabowerloseforanhour

Trail Sponsor Appreciation Party & Euchre Tourney!Mar 25, 12:00pmCross Country Ski HeadquartersBob and Lynne always said that when there was no snow early in the ski season, they would play Euchre by the fireplace and wait for snow to fall. Well, we were lucky enough to have snow early in the season, but with mostly brown out there and very little white left at this point, we’re taking a cue from those very wise founders…

Join us for a Euchre Tournament and Pizza Party to celebrate our Season Trail Sponsors!
Date: Saturday, March 25th
Time: 12:00pm to however long it takes.

Show your 2016-17 Trail Sponsor Badge at XC Ski HQ this Saturday, and enjoy free entry into our very high stakes Euchre tournament, PLUS an order of complimentary gourmet Bosco Sticks: mozzarella-cheese-filled breadsticks, served hot and doctored up with garlic and delicious seasonings, and served with classy dipping sauces like Marinara and Ranch. Also, bring your skis in and enjoy $5 storage wax application per pair (the surefire way to guarantee an April blizzard), $5 gourmet flatbread pizzas, and 2 for $1 famous chocolate chip cookies. Both Euchre Tournament Champions get a free Silver Hot Wax on any one pair of skis, to be used anytime this season or next ($46 value!). BYO Beverages, and either BYO Euchre Partner or show up solo and we will find you one. Non-Trail-Sponsors who still like to have fun can enter the Euchre tournament and enjoy an order of Bosco Sticks for $10.

See you this weekend for some indoor fun with your fellow outdoor enthusiasts!
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Trail Sponsor Appreciation Party & Euchre Tourney!

Wednesday March 22nd, 2017 - 1:29 pm

Hanson Hills

Grayling Recreation Authority
and Northwood Archery Club
presents Youth Archery Class
for 5th through 8th grade

BEGINNING APRIL 25,2017.

LOCATION: Hanson Hills (Archery building)7601 Old Lake rd. Grayling, Michigan 49738

TIME: 4:00-5:30pm on Tuesdays for 5 weeks

COST: $35.00

These classes will help children learn the basics of archery including safety, proper equipment handling, and practice skills to improve their shooting ability.

Fee includes, instruction, the use of our equipment and targets, indoor range and 3D course.

**If you have your own equipment you are welcome to bring it.
REGISTRATION: Due by Friday, April 24th 2017.

REGISTRATION FORM: nebula.wsimg.com/b4faf254991c0467764937b9c62d22a3?AccessKeyId=0B7430DA7F8D0E3FF713&disposition=0&...

Please mail the form with fee to; Grayling Recreation Authority/Hanson Hills, P.O. Box 361, Grayling, Michigan 49738

Youth Archery Class 5th-8th GradeApr 25, 4:00pmHanson HillsGrayling Recreation Authority
and Northwood Archery Club
presents Youth Archery Class
for 5th through 8th grade

BEGINNING APRIL 25,2017.

LOCATION: Hanson Hills (Archery building)7601 Old Lake rd. Grayling, Michigan 49738

TIME: 4:00-5:30pm on Tuesdays for 5 weeks

COST: $35.00

These classes will help children learn the basics of archery including safety, proper equipment handling, and practice skills to improve their shooting ability.

Fee includes, instruction, the use of our equipment and targets, indoor range and 3D course.

**If you have your own equipment you are welcome to bring it.
REGISTRATION: Due by Friday, April 24th 2017.

REGISTRATION FORM: nebula.wsimg.com/b4faf254991c0467764937b9c62d22a3?AccessKeyId=0B7430DA7F8D0E3FF713&disposition=0&...

Please mail the form with fee to; Grayling Recreation Authority/Hanson Hills, P.O. Box 361, Grayling, Michigan 49738
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Youth Archery Class 5th-8th Grade

Tuesday March 21st, 2017 - 11:04 am

Cross Country Ski Headquarters

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Happy International Day of Forests! Strength giving indeed!!

Comment on Facebook

Should be worth having a protest march

Monday March 20th, 2017 - 8:42 am

Hanson Hills

100 Mile Club

Open to all ages Get Motivated

The goal is to log 100 plus miles by October 31st
A great way to start your exercise program through the spring and summer is keeping track of your progress. Register in the 100 Mile Club, track your miles hiking, biking, kayaking or running and receive a customized T-shirt and your results on our Facebook page when you turn in your results by October 31, 2017.

Registration: by May 1st.
Program ends: October 31st

Fee: $20.00, which includes a T-shirt or free without T-shirt

Grayling Recreation Authority, PO Box 361, Grayling, MI 49738
For more information, contact Hanson Hills,989- 348-9266 Ext 10

Registration Form: nebula.wsimg.com/f7229b6af98efb820744bdca57e90ea1?AccessKeyId=0B7430DA7F8D0E3FF713&disposition=0&...

100 Mile ClubMay 1, 9:00amHanson Hills100 Mile Club

Open to all ages Get Motivated

The goal is to log 100 plus miles by October 31st
A great way to start your exercise program through the spring and summer is keeping track of your progress. Register in the 100 Mile Club, track your miles hiking, biking, kayaking or running and receive a customized T-shirt and your results on our Facebook page when you turn in your results by October 31, 2017.

Registration: by May 1st.
Program ends: October 31st

Fee: $20.00, which includes a T-shirt or free without T-shirt

Grayling Recreation Authority, PO Box 361, Grayling, MI 49738
For more information, contact Hanson Hills,989- 348-9266 Ext 10

Registration Form: nebula.wsimg.com/f7229b6af98efb820744bdca57e90ea1?AccessKeyId=0B7430DA7F8D0E3FF713&disposition=0&...
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100 Mile Club

Comment on Facebook

Make it 1000 and I'm in.

Monday March 20th, 2017 - 8:39 am

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Grayling Area Events via Facebook

Maple Syrup Day

Maple Syrup Day

Apr 1, 10:00am - Apr 1, 4:00pm

Hartwick Pines State Park
3612 State Park Dr
Grayling, MI  49738 Map

Plan to spend the day at Hartwick Pines State Park to enjoy learning about one of North America’s oldest agricultural products, maple syrup! Visitors to the park will be able to:

• walk into the sugarbush to help tap a maple tree,
• observe the boil-down process which converts maple sap to maple syrup,
• learn about the history of maple syrup and sugar making in North America,
• view videos titled “Maple Sugar Farmer,” “Maple Sugaring” and “The Maple Sugaring Story,”
• ask qualified staff how to start making maple syrup and tap trees in your own backyard.
• taste maple sap and the finished maple syrup, and
• purchase genuine maple sugar candy and syrup.

Children can participate in tapping a maple tree and will learn how to build their own mokuk. A mokuk is a birch bark container in which native peoples transported maple sugar. Making a paper mokuk replica provides a history lesson and discussion about how European settlers learned of the Native Americans’ sugaring culture.

Tree tapping demonstrations will take place at 10:30, 11:30, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 in the Sugar Bush and some visitors will be able to help us tap the maple trees.

Visitors will be able to taste maple syrup and sap, smell the aroma around an outside evaporator pan and welcome spring at this educational and fun event. Maple recipes will be available for those wishing to savor the sweetness of the day.

BOOK SIGNING

***Wildflower Photographer Dr. Dee Howe will be signing her new book, MICHIGAN WILDFLOWERS: Up Close and Personal. Her photographs will be on display at Hartwick Pines Visitor Center from March 21st to April 14th. Stop in and take a look and what spring has in store for us!
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Campground open for season

Campground open for season

Apr 7, 3:00pm - Apr 7, 11:59pm

Hartwick Pines State Park
3612 State Park Dr
Grayling, MI  49738 Map

Opening Day!

10 interested
Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza

Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza

Apr 8, 10:00am - Apr 8, 11:00am

Hanson Hills
7601 Old Lake Rd
Grayling, MI  49738 Map

Saturday April 8, 2017 at
HANSON HILLS RECREATION AREA
Free Egg Hunt, Drawing for Prizes!
Starts at 10am sharp!!
(For children 10 and under only).
50/50 Raffle (For adults)
There are 3 areas to search:
8, 9 & 10 year olds,
5, 6 & 7 year olds
and the 4 & Under.
Bring your cameras,
The Easter Bunny will be
present for photos!

154 interested  ·  45 going
Youth Swim Class

Youth Swim Class

Apr 10, 4:00pm - Apr 10, 7:00pm

Hanson Hills
7601 Old Lake Rd
Grayling, MI  49738 Map

We are offering an Advanced Level 2 and Level 3 Swim Class
( Students need a level 2 certification card before advancing to level 3)
Class will be held from 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Mondays and Wednesdays for three weeks
Cost: $ 45.00

Classes are held at the Ramada Hotel
Transportation is not provided!


To Register call Hanson Hills Recreation Area
989-348-9266 x10
Monday thru Friday 10:00am to 4:00pm
Health ⋅ Wellness

8 interested
Youth Archery Class 5th-8th Grade

Youth Archery Class 5th-8th Grade

Apr 25, 4:00pm - Apr 25, 5:30pm

Hanson Hills
7601 Old Lake Rd
Grayling, MI  49738 Map

Grayling Recreation Authority
and Northwood Archery Club
presents Youth Archery Class
for 5th through 8th grade

BEGINNING APRIL 25,2017.

LOCATION: Hanson Hills (Archery building)7601 Old Lake rd. Grayling, Michigan 49738

TIME: 4:00-5:30pm on Tuesdays for 5 weeks

COST: $35.00

These classes will help children learn the basics of archery including safety, proper equipment handling, and practice skills to improve their shooting ability.

Fee includes, instruction, the use of our equipment and targets, indoor range and 3D course.

**If you have your own equipment you are welcome to bring it.
REGISTRATION: Due by Friday, April 24th 2017.

REGISTRATION FORM: nebula.wsimg.com/b4faf254991c0467764937b9c62d22a3?AccessKeyId=0B7430DA7F8D0E3FF713&disposition=0&...

Please mail the form with fee to; Grayling Recreation Authority/Hanson Hills, P.O. Box 361, Grayling, Michigan 49738
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Logging Museum opens for the season

Logging Museum opens for the season

May 1, 9:00am - May 2, 12:00am

Hartwick Pines State Park
3612 State Park Dr
Grayling, MI  49738 Map

Opening for the summer season

42 interested  ·  1 going
Mothers Day weekend

Mothers Day weekend

May 14, 10:00am - May 14, 12:00pm

Hartwick Pines State Park
3612 State Park Dr
Grayling, MI  49738 Map

Campground program. Our Campground Hosts will be doing crafts with kids, allowing the little ones to make something special for mom. Registered campers only.

6 interested  ·  1 going
Glow Bowl & Parade

Glow Bowl & Parade

May 27, 8:00pm - May 27, 10:00pm

Hartwick Pines State Park
3612 State Park Dr
Grayling, MI  49738 Map

Campground program. Glow bowling for all ages! Glow bike parade through campground for our young campers. Bring all your glow sticks and join us for some after dark fun!! Registered campers only.

4 interested  ·  1 going
Camper Euchre Tournament

Camper Euchre Tournament

Jun 3, 2:00pm - Jun 3, 4:00pm

Hartwick Pines State Park
3612 State Park Dr
Grayling, MI  49738 Map

Campground program. Our Campground Hosts will be holding our first "for fun" Euchre tournament. This event will take place in the Visitor Center Classroom. Certificates will be awarded for 1st and last places. A movie and popcorn willl be available in the auditorium for your children during this 2 hour event. Sign up with host prior to this event.

Camper Euchre Tournament

Camper Euchre Tournament

Jun 10, 2:00pm - Jun 10, 4:00pm

Hartwick Pines State Park
3612 State Park Dr
Grayling, MI  49738 Map

Registered campers only.

Join us for our second "for fun" Euchre tournament. This event will take place in the Visitor Center Classroom. Certificates will be awarded for first and last places. A movie and popcorn will be available for your children in the auditorium during this 2 hour event. Sign up with the host prior to this event

1 going
Militants Run Half Marathon/10K/5K

Militants Run Half Marathon/10K/5K

Jun 17, 9:00am - Jun 17, 1:00pm

Hanson Hills
7601 Old Lake Rd
Grayling, MI  49738 Map

Part of the Michigan Half Marathon Series

Event: Militant's Run - Half Marathon
Event Location: Hanson Hills Recreation Area - 7601 Old Lake Rd, Grayling, MI 49738

Course is mostly on medium to difficult single track trails in the Hanson Hills Recreation Area. Beautiful and challenging course.
Event Date: Saturday June 17, 2017
Start Time: 9:00am EDT
End Time: 11:59pm EDT
Price: $35.00 Race Fee + $3.00 SignUp Fee
Registration: Price increases to $40.00 after June 2, 2017 at 11:59pm EDT

Militant's Run - 10K

Course is mostly on medium to difficult single track trails in the Hanson Hills Recreation Area. Beautiful and challenging course. Course is a beautiful single loop. Limited water stations so please bring something you can carry water in for the half marathon.

Event Date: Saturday June 17, 2017
Start Time: 9:00am EDT
End Time: 11:59pm EDT
Price: $30.00 Race Fee + $2.50 SignUp Fee
Registration: Price increases to $35.00 after June 2, 2017 at 11:59pm EDT

Militant's Run - 5K

Course is mostly on medium to difficult single track trails in the Hanson Hills Recreation Area. Beautiful and challenging course.

Event Date: Saturday June 17, 2017
Start Time: 9:00am EDT
End Time: 11:59pm EDT
Price: $25.00 Race Fee + $2.50 SignUp Fee
Registration: Price increases to $30.00 after June 2, 2017 at 11:59pm EDT

Register Online: runsignup.com/Race/Events/MI/Shepherd/MichiganHalfMarathonRaceSeries#eventGroup-1862
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29 interested  ·  7 going
Fathers Day weekend

Fathers Day weekend

Jun 18, 10:00am - Jun 18, 2:00pm

Hartwick Pines State Park
3612 State Park Dr
Grayling, MI  49738 Map

Campground program. Our Campground Hosts will be doing crafts with the kids making something special for Dad. Registered campers only.

1 interested  ·  1 going
Red, White & Blue bike parade

Red, White & Blue bike parade

Jul 2, 10:00am - Jul 2, 1:00pm

Hartwick Pines State Park
3612 State Park Dr
Grayling, MI  49738 Map

Campground program. Decorate your bikes and parade through the campground to celebrate Independence day! Registered campers only

1 going
Christmas in July

Christmas in July

Jul 8, 10:00am - Jul 9, 1:00pm

Hartwick Pines State Park
3612 State Park Dr
Grayling, MI  49738 Map

Campground Program. Beat the heat and lets celebrate Chistmas again! Bring all your Christmas decorations and deck out your site! Santa and Smokey Bear will be dropping in, Campsite decorating contest, awesome prizes for top 3 campsites! Games and activities for all ages. Registered campers only.

7 interested  ·  1 going
Wood Shaving Days

Wood Shaving Days

Jul 15, 10:00am - Jul 16, 4:00pm

Hartwick Pines State Park
3612 State Park Dr
Grayling, MI  49738 Map

Woodcarvers, blacksmiths, and other artisans demonstrate how they make their crafts; steam powered sawmill will be operating, finishing touches will be put on our handmade dug out canoe. For more info call the Visitor center at (989) 348-2537

46 interested  ·  10 going
Forest Fest

Forest Fest

Aug 12, 10:00am - Aug 12, 4:00pm

Hartwick Pines State Park
3612 State Park Dr
Grayling, MI  49738 Map

Celebrate the beauty and serenity of Michigan's forests; meet Smokey Bear, learn about Michigan's forests, engage in activites and make some cool crafts. A fun filled day for people of all ages!

7 interested  ·  4 going
Black Iron Days

Black Iron Days

Aug 26, 10:00am - Aug 27, 4:00pm

Hartwick Pines State Park
3612 State Park Dr
Grayling, MI  49738 Map

Watch blacksmiths and other artisans demonstrate hw they make their crafts. Steam powered sawmill will be operating. For more info call the Visitor Center at (989) 348-2537

32 interested  ·  8 going
Fall Harvest Festival

Fall Harvest Festival

Oct 7, 10:00am - Oct 7, 9:00pm

Hartwick Pines State Park
3612 State Park Dr
Grayling, MI  49738 Map

Join us for an awesome fall weekend in the park! Bring all your Halloween decor and deck out your site! Campsite decorating contest, costume contest, hayrides, pumpkin carving, kids games, trick or treating, Smokey Bear will be here, and much more! More details coming soon. REGISTERED CAMPERS ONLY.

21 interested  ·  2 going
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