Pine Knob

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Pine Knob
Highest point
Elevation1,201 ft [1]
Coordinates42°44′32″N 83°22′02″W / 42.7422524°N 83.3671629°W / 42.7422524; -83.3671629Coordinates: 42°44′32″N 83°22′02″W / 42.7422524°N 83.3671629°W / 42.7422524; -83.3671629
Topo mapUSGS 7.5' topographic map
Pine Knob, Independence Township, Michigan[2]
Mountain typeSummit

Pine Knob is a hill located in Independence Township, in Oakland County, near Clarkston, Michigan. The hill is classified as a summit.[3]

It extends from Waldon Road to the south, to Clarkston Road to the north, and from Sashabaw Road to the west, to Pine Knob Road to the east.[4]

With an elevation of 1,201 feet, Pine Knob is the highest hill in Southeastern Michigan.[5]

It is home to Pine Knob Ski Resort, DTE Energy Music Theater, Pine Knob Mansion, Pine Knob Golf Club, as well as residential homes.

Pine Knob Ski Resort and DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road entrance.

Ski resort[edit]

Ski Trails at Pine Knob

Pine Knob is a ski and snowboard resort located off of Sashabaw Road and Pine Knob Road in Independence Township. It features seventeen trails, twelve lifts and three terrain parks. Its signature trail is "The Wall" an almost vertical mogul run .[6][7]

Music theater[edit]

DTE Energy Music Theatre is a 15,274-seat (7,202 seats in the pavilion; 8,072 on the lawn) outdoor amphitheater concert venue that has featured hundreds of celebrities and is always one of the highest grossing outdoor amphitheaters in the United States.[8] It is located off of Sashabaw Road in Independence Township.

The concert venue, which opened in 1972, was originally called Pine Knob Music Theater until DTE Energy purchased its naming rights in 2001.[9][10]


Colonel Sidney D. Waldon (b.1873, d.1945), an executive at Packard Motor Company, purchased 840 acres of land near Clarkston, Michigan in 1927. There he built a 19-room English Manor residence located atop the highest point in Southeastern Michigan.[11] A Carriage House was constructed several hundred feet away from the mansion for the caretaker and his family. Behind this home were barns that housed his fine thoroughbreds and exquisite carriages.[12]

Today, the Mansion and Carriage House serve as a banquet facility for weddings and other events.[13] It is located off of Waldon Road in Independence Township.

Golf club[edit]

Pine Knob Golf Club is a 27-hole championship golf course, designed by Leo Bishop and Dan Pohl. The three courses are the Eagle, Falcon and Hawk. The first tee-box on the Eagle course is the highest elevation in Oakland County.[14][15] It is located off of Waldon Road in Independence Township.

Residential homes[edit]

Fairways at Pine Knob, Pine Knob Enclaves and Pine Knob Manor are residential developments located on Pine Knob and include luxury homes and luxury condominiums.[16][17] They are located off of Waldon Road in Independence Township.


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