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Fayette Historic State Park, Garden, Michigan

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $17.00
Overall Rating:

Fayette is a remarkable place to visit. The historic town is enchanting and makes one want to return again and again! This is what we did, but by camper this visit instead of boat. The campsite was a very bad experience. We were going to stay 5 nights and shortened our stay to 2 nights once we stumbled upon a very peaceful (primitive camping) state forest campground down the road. The Fayette staff is very friendly, but the campground was noisy, no ranger monitoring, campers and tents were jammed in to their tight arrangements and kids had a difficult time playing in their own sites, because they are marked out poorly, it seemed like it was a free for all for baseball playing and bike riding, balls and bikes everywhere! (love kids, but got tired of chasing their balls out of our site, by the second day, a bike riding child slammed in to the side of our parked camper, owie!!)

Our site was nothing like the online picture photo depicts, online photo shows a grassy field and when we pulled up on a Friday night, we found 2 big cedar trees in the center of the site, making parking impossible. The online photo is a better view of the next site over. After finding out we could receive a refund, we headed out. We will return to the area for a day visit to the historic town and camp at a less tightly packed campsite in the area. Sorry, Fayette Campground, you are not on our favorite list!

The town is still a most favorite place to visit if you are in history from the 1800's, love the town buildings, the visitor center is done very nicely, the staff tour guide did a great job with tours! and the view of the water and bluff are out of this world! Pure Michigan! Rocky swimming beach attached to the campsite and within walking distance. Bonus, the campsite is putting in modern showers, a nice upgrade! If the actual sites could be re evaluated for size and layout, and possibly plant some foliage in between each site, that would be great! We camped at Fayette Historic State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Site Number
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Not big enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Fayette Historic Company Town is an education and history lesson in the production of iron ore in a company town in the 1800's, the town and Snail Shell Harbor is the draw and gets a 5 star rating! Garden has a very nice grocery/ gas station. Butcher shop in grocery store with fresh meats, smoked fish from local fishery, fresh produce, dairy, ice cream, sundries, vehicle and camping items, newspaper. Garden also has a couple of restaurants.


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