Sanilac Petroglyphs Visitor Information

Season Dates and Hours | Admission | Location | Parking | Amenities Site Map | Photography | Accessibility | Pets

Close up of the Bowman petroglyphPlease allow two hours to tour the Sanilac Petroglyphs. Attractions include the petroglyphs and a mile-long, self-guided walking trail featuring peaceful forests, the remains of a 19th-century logging camp and a 110-year-old white pine.

2021 Season Dates and Hours

Sanilac Petroglyphs Historic State Park is open year-round. The enclosure that protects the petroglyphs is open from May 28 through September 5, and entry to the enclosure is available only by guided tour, free of charge. Guided tours are offered every half hour Wednesdays through Sundays, with the first tour at 9 a.m. and the last tour at 4:30 p.m.

  • Bonus days: Guided tours are also offered on Memorial Day, Monday, May 31, and Labor Day, Monday, September 6.
Guided tours are first come, first served - no appointments or reservations are available. Each guided tour is limited to six people, unless they are all members of the same household. Spacing of at least six feet must be maintained at all times for any that are not members of the same household.

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Admission

Admission to the petroglyphs is free; a Michigan State Parks Recreation Passport is not required for entry to either the park or the historic site. 

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Location

The Sanilac Petroglyphs historic site is located near Cass City in Sanilac Petroglyphs Historic State Park. Take M-53 to Bay City-Forestville Road and proceed east to Germania Road. Head south one-half mile on Germania; the site is on the west side of the road.

Our address is:

8251 Germania Road
Cass City, MI 48726

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Parking

Free parking is available in the park - a Michigan State Parks Recreation Passport is not required.

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AMENITIES

While visiting Sanilac Petroglyphs, the following amenities are available:

  • Hiking trails
  • Picnic area

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Site map

Download a GIF map of Sanilac Petroglyphs site.

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PHOTOGRAPHY

Personal photography without flash for private use is permitted in the visitor center and on the grounds. Photographs may not be published, sold or otherwise distributed for commercial purposes.

Photography for weddings and other special events is allowed on the grounds during regular open hours with advance permission. Please contact us in advance to schedule a time.

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Accessibility

A spaciously wide layer of crushed limestone on the trail connecting the parking lot and the archaeological site has the feel and functionality of concrete, providing greater accessibility. Visitors will first encounter 12 feet of lawn and then reach the trail, which runs approximately 900 feet to the pavilion.

Service animals are always welcomed.

Thanks to a Thumb Area Boy Scout troop, two benches offer visitors a place to rest along the hiking trail.

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PETS

Pets accompanied by and under the control of their human friends are welcome on the grounds of this site. Pets may not enter any building. For more information, see the Department of Natural Resources Pet-Friendly Rules

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FOR MORE INFORMATION

Please email us at MHCinfo@michigan.gov or telephone 989-856-4411.

 

Updated 03/15/2021