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Pack a picnic and take a late afternoon hike through the woods at Leelanau State Park north of Northport on Father’s Day. Explore the 8.5 miles of quiet, shadowed trails that crisscross through acres of trees. In addition to the larger network of trails, there are plenty of shorter loops, including a path to the Lake Michigan shoreline, to try out if the family would rather just hike for an hour or two.
Wait to unpack the food at Peterson Park, only about a 15-minute drive on backcountry roads from the trailhead. Make sure you have saved enough energy to climb down to the rocky beach for a peaceful look at the sinking sun and sift the shore for Petoskey stones while it’s still light. Picnic tables and fire pits will assure that your meal is ready in time for the stunning red, orange, and pink skies reflecting off the water. Nothing like eating al fresco by Big Blue in the summertime. (Click here to read about Rachel North’s summer experience at Peterson Park.)