Enjoy the Great Outdoors With a Stay at One of These Campsites

These nearby spots offer plenty of activities and amenities
Detroit/Ann Arbor KOA offers access to a private lake as well as other activities. // Photographs courtesy of Detroit/Ann Arbor KOA

Embrace the great outdoors this summer with a camping trip. These campsites — all located less than an hour and a half from Detroit — offer hiking, fishing, swimming, and many more outdoor activities.

Detroit/Ann Arbor KOA

Located between Detroit and Ann Arbor, this family-friendly campsite offers a ton of great activities and amenities, including themed weekends, access to a private lake, a game room, a dog park, and fishing sites. Packing light? Not a problem, this site has a general store with groceries and any other odds and ends that you may be missing. KOA offers deluxe cabins as well as spaces for RVs and tents. Detroit/ Ann Arbor KOA, 6680 Burton Road, Ypsilanti; 888-562-9584; koa.com/campgrounds/detroit

Camp Dearborn

This campsite is a staple in the Milford community, and it’s home to 118 rentable tents and 30 cabins, and plenty of extra space for campers bringing their own RVs or tents. Going above and beyond the typical camping activities, Camp Dearborn offers fitness classes, hiking, board games, and events like Saturday Movie Nights and a weekly talent show for young campers. This campsite is essentially a summer camp experience for all ages. Other amenities include hot showers, on-site laundry, and swimming areas. Camp Dearborn, 1700 General Motors Road, Milford; 248-684-6000; campdearborn.com/camping

Taylors Beach Campground

Boasting rave reviews and going by the tagline “Where Happy Campers Go,” Taylors Beach Campground is a hot spot for the outdoorsy. With amenities like a putt-putt course, all-sports lake, volleyball court, and kayak rental, this site has something for everyone. The spot provides an Up North-feel, without the drive. Campers and tents are available for rental. Taylors Beach Campground, 6197 N. Burkhart Road, Howell; 517-546-2679; taylorsbeachcampground.com

Highland Recreation Area 

The Highland Recreation Area is home to several camping spots, including the Group Camping Area, Rustic and Equestrian Campground, and Highland Tentrr Safari Tents. The park features hiking trails, horseback riding, bird watching, and fire pits for an easy, low maintenance trip. The park is pet friendly and it’s small lake is perfect for cooling down. Highland Recreation Area, 5200 Highland Road, White Lake; 248-889-3750; michigan.org

Clearwater Campground

Owned and operated by the Neadow family, Clearwater Campground is a great weekend getaway. The Neadows Planted over 500 pine trees, renovated the site’s lagoon, and installed a cement pad for RVs to create a comfortable, relaxing oasis for campers of all ages. Amenities and activities at Clearwater Campground include a petting zoo, a 35-acre spring-fed lake, beach and playground, walking trails, and boat rentals. The spot features cabins for rent, over 100 hookup sites, and 15 tent sites. Clearwater Campground, 1140 S. Ortonville Road, Ortonville; 248-627-3820; campsmore.com

Proud Lake Campground

With over 21 miles of hiking trails, Proud Lake is perfect for avid hikers, bikers, and runners. The campground within the park is located on the Huron River, and it has plenty of space for swimmers and those who are fishing. Whether you’re setting up your own tent, parking an RV, or lodging in one of the site’s 130 mini-cabins, campers will find comfort and calm within this park. Nature activities like guided walks are available to the public. Proud Lake Campground, 3500 N. Wixom Road, Commerce Township; 248-685-2433; michigan.gov/proudlake

Attica Pines Campground 

Attica Pines Campground features a 60-foot water slide, boat rental, volleyball court, fishing, a mini-golf course, and hiking trails. The site, which provides access to Lake Pleasant, also allows pets and campfires, and guests can go swimming or fishing in designated areas. Attica Pines Campground, 4142 Belle River Road, Attica; 810-721-2494; atticapinescampground.com