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4,000 year old Petroglyphs Carved in the Thumb

Posted to MichiganNow.org on Friday, August 24, 2012

INTRO:Michigan Now’s Chris McCarus takes us on a tour of ancient petroglyphs. They are found in Michigan’s Thumb. Chris spoke with 19 year old college student Kendra Grady who is from nearby Cass City. Grady works for the DNR as a guide for tourists who come to see the carvings in the rock in the woods.

 

8251 Germania Road
Cass City, MI 48726

Please note: The above is not a mailing address.

Location

The Sanilac Petroglyphs historic site is located near Cass City. 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.

Admission

Admission to the Sanilac Petroglyphs is free.

2012 Season Dates and Hours

Between May 25 and September 3, the Sanilac Petroglyphs Historic Site is open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Special Events

See the calendar of events for Sanilac Petroglyphs and other Lower Peninsula sites in the Michigan Historical Museum System.

How Much Time?

Please 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. Group tours are available by advance reservation. See a map of the site.

Pets: Pets accompanied by and under the control of their human friends are welcomed on the grounds of this site. Pets may not enter any building. For further information, please refer to the DNR web page, Pets in State Park Campgrounds.

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 for people with mobility impairments. Visitors will first encounter 12 feet of lawn and then reach the trail, which runs approximately 900 feet to the pavilion.

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

For More Information

Send an e-mail or telephone (989) 856-4411.

Find out about college internship opportunities that may be available at this historic site.

Contact Sanilac Petroglyphs Historic Site.

Updated 03/06/2012

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Kendra Grady grew up in nearby Cass City. Her dad first brought her to see the carvings when she was 7.

Kendra Grady grew up in nearby Cass City. Her dad first brought her to see the carvings when she was 7.

Native Americans made these carvings in horizontal rock on the ground perhaps 4,000 years ago.

Native Americans made these carvings in horizontal rock on the ground perhaps 4,000 years ago.

Chippewa, Hopi or other peoples carved them into rock somewhere between 500 and 4,000 years ago.

Chippewa, Hopi or other peoples carved them into rock somewhere between 500 and 4,000 years ago.

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