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.
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 to the Sanilac Petroglyphs is free.
Between May 25 and September 3, the Sanilac Petroglyphs Historic Site is open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
See the calendar of events for Sanilac Petroglyphs and other Lower Peninsula sites in the Michigan Historical Museum System.
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.
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.
Send an e-mail or telephone (989) 856-4411.
Find out about college internship opportunities that may be available at this historic site.