Local Area Attractions Near Gaylord KOA Holiday
Enjoy the Alpine Village motif of Gaylord, sister city to Pontresina, Switzerland! Gaylord is located in Otsego County, where there are numerous restaurants and unique shops in this quaint city. Gaylord has many events through the year including farmers markets, concerts, and the annual Alpenfest held in July.
Located only a short distance from the shops and streets of downtown Gaylord is Otsego Lake. The county's largest and most popular lake, it's enjoyed by visitors and local residents alike. Nearly five miles in length and about one mile across at its widest point, Otsego Lake has the added attraction of a concrete boat ramp for day use at the Otsego Lake County Park.
Otsego County also boasts beaches that are a perfect way to beat the heat. With miles of public waters for swimmers and boaters to cool off in, Otsego County can keep the fun going as the temperatures rise.
Wah-Wah-Soo - off Old 27 South on Otsego Lake - is only 1/2 mile from the campground and a great place to spend your day!
The Gaylord Golf Mecca marked its 30th year in 2017, and the greens of 22 courses continue to beckon golfers of all playing levels to their links.
Boasting 22 championship courses and numerous awards from golf magazines and organizations, the Gaylord Golf Mecca provides plenty of great quality golf to match every style of play. For further details, call the Gaylord Information Center at (989) 732-4000.
Elk viewing is a popular pastime in Gaylord! The city of Gaylord maintains an elk herd and provides viewing areas for the public to stop and watch the impressive herd. Under the city's care, the roughly 70 elk can be viewed from near the Elk's Lodge off Grandview at Elk View Park. The herd is contained on 108 acres. City staff feed the animals corn, hay and sugar beets, plus vitamins. The herd started with three elk 14 years ago, when a local nature center closed. Currently, a few of the bulls weigh well over 800 pounds and stand roughly 6' tall. The bulls will don their massive horns during the fall and winter, dropping them in the spring.
Off-Road & All Terrain Vehicle Trails
Otsego County and the surrounding area hold several off-road (ORV) and all-terrain (ATV) vehicle trails that are open to licensed operators.
For specific maps and licensing requirements, contact the DNR at 1732 M-32 West, in Gaylord; call (989) 732-3541; or visit www.mi.gov/dnr .
Please note: ORV's and ATV's are not to be ridden in and out of the park. You may trailer your vehicles. We have a storage area where you may keep them.
Local Area Recreation Near Gaylord KOA Holiday
Experience all that is Northern Michigan along one of the many trails in Otsego County used for hiking, biking, x-country skiing and snowshoeing. The area abounds with pathways for outdoor enthusiasts of every skill and age level, and all are free to use with no trail passes required.
With 17 golf courses and 20 lodging facilities, which include world-class resorts and championship golf designed by some of America's top golf course designers, the Gaylord area is your dream golf destination.
The Pigeon River State Forest's expansive 105,000 acres with the Midwest's only free ranging elk herd offers a unique wilderness experience that is just a short drive from downtown Gaylord. The Department of Natural Resources maintains this excellent elk habitat through careful forest and wildlife management.