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Vacation in Grayling - Michigan

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Area Overview

Year round, Grayling offers casual adventures for outdoor enthusiasts. Grayling is a small town in Crawford County, Northern Michigan. The total city population is about 2,000 and only 14,000 for the entire county. Its lifestyle is slow-paced, casual and friendly. Residents still wave to each other on the street, and stop to chat in the stores. The Grayling area is a sanctuary for those who seek the great outdoors. When you’re here you enter “River Time Zone”, where time has no meaning.

Whether it’s a family vacation, a weekend getaway, or just the desire for the total outdoor experience, when you arrive in Grayling, you have access to all that Northern Michigan has to offer.

Includes Cities/Towns: Frederic, Grayling.

Things to Do

Recreation & Fitness

Enjoy biking, hiking, golfing, disc golfing, canoeing, kayaking and fishing on the AuSable and Manistee Rivers as well as endangered Kirtland’s Warbler tours, geocaching and historical sites. In the winter, snowtubing, snowboarding, and downhill skiing as well as numerous groomed or ungroomed trails for cross country skiing and snowmobiling are all available. 70% of the land in Crawford County is owned by either the State or Federal government, allowing public access to literally thousands of acres.

Cultural Activities

There are two art galleries in downtown Grayling which offer works of Michigan and Northern Michigan artists.


For those interested in history, Crawford County has several unique attractions – Wellington Farm, USA, a Depression Era working farm and the Lovells Museums, that features a Lone Pine School House and Trout Fishing History museum. Also be sure to visit the Grayling restored railroad depot which offers a trip to the 19th & 20th centuries.

Grayling’s Downtown District offers unique shopping opportunities and numerous original restaurants and bars are located throughout the county. Two art galleries, souvenir shops and dining options are located in the heart of downtown. Dining in the Grayling area is casual with many options. From donuts to pizza to down-home cooking to locally made craft beer, you will be sure to please your taste buds.

Visitors should spend some time at Hartwick Pines State Park. With its thousands of undeveloped acres and 49 acres of “Old Growth Forest”, The Pines is a refuge from the hustle-bustle of daily life. There are hiking, mountain biking and cross country ski trails and a short paved trail.

There are numerous lakes that offer a variety of fresh water fish with many public access sites for swimming and boating. For ice fishing, many lakes have high quality ice. The AuSable and Manistee Rivers, premier world-famous trout streams with their numerous tributaries make Grayling famous. These rivers are favorites for fly fishers, canoeists and kayakers. Both rivers are fairly shallow with a sandy bottom, clear water, and a slow current. There are no rapids or whitewater in the Grayling area so these rivers are “user friendly” for even novices. The beauty and serenity that visitors find on both the AuSable and Manistee Rivers makes this area a unique vacation spot, and keeps them returning year after year.


Crawford County Public Transit is available limited hours within the county.


Monthly Temperatures / Rainfall

 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain
 January  6.5  15.9  25.4  1.8 "
 February  6.2  17.2  28.2  1.3 "
 March  15.1  26.7  38.3  2.0 "
 April  28.1  40.1  52.1  2.6 "
 May  38.9  52.8  66.7  3.1 "
 June  48.4  62.1  75.8  3.5 "
 July  53.1  66.5  79.9  3.8 "
 August  51.2  64.3  77.3  3.8 "
 September  43.6  56.0  68.3  4.0 "
 October  33.8  44.9  56.0  3.4 "
 November  25.1  33.5  41.8  2.4 "
 December  14.5  22.3  30.1  1.8 "

Best Time To Go:

Summer and winter.

For visitors who love snowsports, Grayling, Michigan is a popular vacation spot. With an annual average snowfall of over 100 inches, and a range in winter temperatures from below zero to the mid thirties, there is usually plenty of the white stuff around with the cold temperatures that go along with it. Snowmobiling, cross country and downhill skiing and snowshoeing are popular activities.

Summer offers hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking, fishing and more!

The contrasting evergreen and hardwood forests of Northern Michigan are spectacular in autumn. Enjoy the scenery with a leisurely drive, cycling or canoeing.


There are chain and individually owned hotels and motels, cottages, bed and breakfasts and numerous campgrounds in the Grayling area.


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