DELTA COUNTY PARKS - PIONEER TRAIL PARK
- 6822 US2-41 & M35
- Gladstone MI 49837
- Please call or email to make reservations
- Phone 906-786-1020
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The beautiful 74 acre park and campground on the Escanaba River, located between Escanaba and Gladstone,
has a modern campground that easily handles both tents and RV units. Located between Escanaba and Gladstone.
Read below about Pioneer Trail Park Heritage.
The Pioneer Trail Park and Campground offers:
- 96 Campsites (5 River Sites, 10 Pull- thru sites. 65 regular campsites and 16 Rustic sites.
- Cable TV
- Showers/flush toilets
- Dump station for registered guests
- New Playground equipment (picture on home page)
- Picnic Area
- Shoreline fishing on Escanaba River
- Small Boat Ramp
Playground area during fall color changes at Delta County Parks
Pioneer Trail Park and Campground Heritage
In early times, Indians and missionaries were to have visited the area. About 1844, a sawmill was built
(where the dam now stands) just west of the Park. In 1851, that sawmill was sold to the Nelson Ludington
Company and was fostering a small settlement.
The hard life of these early pioneers ended at their burial ground on the ridge that was later included in
Pioneer Trail Park. The sawmill grew into one of the nation's largest mills, the I. Stephenson Co..
This company expanded by moving downstream to the mouth of the Escanaba River. The I. Stephenson Co.,
from its earlier land holdings along the lower River, sold the Pioneer Trail Park land to the County of Delta.
"In 1927 a system County Parks was set up. It then became the duty of the trustees to improve these Parks,
build roads and trails, provide approved drinking water, tables and fireplaces." (R.P.Mason, 1943)
In a contest, for all the schools' children, the name Pioneer Trail Park, in memory of those early pioneers who
passed this way, was submitted by a young John Bloomstrom and chose from 380 entries.
Fall Colors in Delta County Parks
Parks and Campgrounds Brochure - 1.1MB PDF / Jan. 22nd, 2010