SKI BY LANTERN LIGHT AT HARTWICK PINES STATE PARK|
LANSING--The opportunity to enjoy a beautiful Saturday
evening of cross country skiing by lantern light is
returning to Hartwick Pines State Park this winter on Jan.
19, Feb. 2 and 16, and March 2.
The lanterns will be lit from 5 to 8 p.m., but visitors are
encouraged to begin their evening of fun by going through
the Michigan Forest Visitor Center, which will open at 4
p.m. During the winter months, the center's regular hours
are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday only.
The ski trail, which will be freshly groomed and track set,
begins at the start of the Old Growth Trail. The
approximately one-mile loop will take skiers by the Logging
Museum area, over the rolling hills near the Chapel in the
Pines and past the old Monarch back to the start. Visitors
may ski around the loop as many times as they would like
while the trail is lighted. After skiing, hot cocoa and
coffee will be available in the warming room at the visitor
center. If the weather or trail conditions are unsuitable
for skiing, the event may be cancelled or postponed. To
confirm the status of the event or learn about other
activities, contact the park office at 989-348-7068 or the
visitor center at 989-348-2537.
The Michigan Forest Visitor Center also will be hosting five
snowshoe workshops this winter beginning Jan. 12. The
workshops, which are held on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.,
teach participants how to make their own snowshoes. Please
call 989-348-2537 for dates and additional details.
Hartwick Pines State Park is located northeast of Grayling
on M-93 about three miles east of I-75 exit 259. The park is
open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and offers approximately
eight miles of groomed trails for cross country skiing. A
state park motor vehicle permit is required for entry into