Fayette State Park and Ghost Town

Visit Fayette State Park and learn the history of the beautiful Garden Peninsula. Start at the Welcome Center and view the tiny model of the town to see what it looked like back in the 1800s. While there, shop the gift store and enjoy a scoop of Jilbert's ice cream.

Take your time exploring the Ghost Town and don't miss the historic cemetery, sand beach, and a cliff walk with incredible views of the townsite and harbor.

The historic ghost town is about 10 miles south of Garden Grove Retreat. With cross country skiing at the park once the snow falls, its a great place to visit and enjoy all year long.

A MI Recreation Pass is required for entrance.



Palms Book

State Park

Just twenty-five minutes from Garden Grove Retreat, you'll find the Big Spring at Palms Book State Park. Learn about the legend of the springs called Kitchi-ti-kipi, shop the gift store, and ride the raft across clear bubbling springs. You will see schools of lake trout and nature's treasures on the bottom of the springs. 

A wonderful day trip. Requires a MI Recreation Pass for entrance.