Communing With Nature

Pray among the pines in Hartwick Pines State Park’s log-cabin chapel


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Immersed in a forest of old pines is a tiny log cabin-style chapel. It boasts a single window in a shape of a cross and room enough for only a few occupants. 

The structure is located near Grayling within Hartwick Pines State Park, one of the Lower Peninsula’s largest state parks. Filled with red and white pines, a museum, and period settings like a mess hall and blacksmith shop, the park gives a glimpse into logging camp life.  

“Nature’s Prayer” is engraved on a plaque just below the cross — a recitation that thanks God for the freedom to enjoy nature and asks that he guide us to protect it.

The chapel is open year-round, but winter visitors should bring jackets and flashlights; there is no heat or electricity inside.


4216 Ranger Rd., Grayling; 989-348-7068

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