The Headlands

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The Headlands
Location Wawatam Township, Emmet County, Michigan, USA
Nearest city Mackinaw City, Michigan
Coordinates 45°47′N 84°47′W / 45.783°N 84.783°W / 45.783; -84.783Coordinates: 45°47′N 84°47′W / 45.783°N 84.783°W / 45.783; -84.783
Area 550 acres (220 ha)
Governing body Emmet County

The Headlands is a 550-acre (220 ha) county park in the U.S. state of Michigan. The park preserves over two miles (3 km) of undeveloped Lake Michigan shoreline south and west of McGulpin Point Light in the Straits of Mackinac.[1][2]

It is located in, and is operated by, Emmet County in Northern Michigan. The nearest town is Mackinaw City, Michigan. The park contains woodlands and many species of rare and endangered plant life. Park fauna include the black bear, whitetail deer, coyotes, bald eagles, osprey, and the wild turkey.[2]

Marked trails are provided for hiking, photography, bicycling and cross-country skiing. In May 2011, Headlands Park was awarded International Dark Sky Park designation by the International Dark-Sky Association. It was the 6th such park in the United States, and the 9th such park worldwide, to be awarded this designation. Park signage celebrates astronomy and the heritage of the Native Americans of Northern Michigan.[2]


  1. ^ Michigan Atlas and Gazetteer (10th ed.). Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. 2002. p. 94. 
  2. ^ a b c "The Headlands - an Emmet County Park on the Straits of Mackinac". Emmet County. Retrieved 2014-08-07.