15 outdoor hidden gems in Michigan we bet you didn't know about

With summer comes a heightened sense of adventure. Here are fifteen places to venture to in Michigan that you've probably never heard of. Got a favorite hidden spot in the state? Share it with us in the comments. 

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Caves of Miners Castle, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore |
These breathtaking views are only accessible by kayak. Photo: Facebook, Paddling Michigan
Caves of Miners Castle, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore | These breathtaking views are only accessible by kayak. Photo: Facebook, Paddling Michigan
Tahquamenon Falls, Paradise | No that’s not a typo, this outdoor hidden gem (and state park) is really located in Paradise, Michigan. Photo: Wiki Commons
Tahquamenon Falls, Paradise | No that’s not a typo, this outdoor hidden gem (and state park) is really located in Paradise, Michigan. Photo: Wiki Commons
Fayette Historic State Park, Upper Peninsula | Here you’ll find a virtually untouched representation of what Michigan looked like in the 1800s. Photo: Flickr, All Things Michigan
Fayette Historic State Park, Upper Peninsula | Here you’ll find a virtually untouched representation of what Michigan looked like in the 1800s. Photo: Flickr, All Things Michigan
Kitch-iti-kipi, Manistique | The largest natural spring in Michigan is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes. Photo: Wiki Commons
Kitch-iti-kipi, Manistique | The largest natural spring in Michigan is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes. Photo: Wiki Commons
Arcadia Dunes, Mott Nature Preserve |  With less foot traffic than Sleeping Bear, these dunes are the perfect backdrop for a quiet hike. Photo: Flickr
Arcadia Dunes, Mott Nature Preserve | With less foot traffic than Sleeping Bear, these dunes are the perfect backdrop for a quiet hike. Photo: Flickr
Isle Royale National Park, Houghton | Located in the heart of Lake Superior lies a little-known state park that features 36 campgrounds around the island. Photo: Instagram, @isleroyalenps
Isle Royale National Park, Houghton | Located in the heart of Lake Superior lies a little-known state park that features 36 campgrounds around the island. Photo: Instagram, @isleroyalenps
15 outdoor hidden gems in Michigan we bet you didn't know about
Mission Point Lighthouse, Old Mission Peninsula | Located just north of Traverse City, this spot features a historic lighthouse and a sprawling beachfront. Photo: Facebook, Mission Point Lighthouse
Mission Point Lighthouse, Old Mission Peninsula | Located just north of Traverse City, this spot features a historic lighthouse and a sprawling beachfront. Photo: Facebook, Mission Point Lighthouse
Lake of the Clouds, Porcupine Mountains |  Amidst the Porcupine Mountains lies the Lake of the Clouds, which can be viewed from a boardwalk lookout. Photo: Joe Kaufman
Lake of the Clouds, Porcupine Mountains | Amidst the Porcupine Mountains lies the Lake of the Clouds, which can be viewed from a boardwalk lookout. Photo: Joe Kaufman
Whitefish Bay, Chippewa County | Located in the Upper Peninsula, Whitefish Bay serves as a natural barrier between Michigan and Canada. Photo: Wiki Commons
Whitefish Bay, Chippewa County | Located in the Upper Peninsula, Whitefish Bay serves as a natural barrier between Michigan and Canada. Photo: Wiki Commons