Traverse City State Park is a completely developed, 47 acre, urban park that features a quarter mile of beach on East Grand Traverse Bay. The Park has 343 sites in a wooded mix of hard and soft wood trees. Facilities at the park include cabins, a group use area, modern restrooms, electrical service, a concession stand, picnic area, playground, sanitation station, beach and beach house. Activities may include biking, fishing, metal detecting, swimming, hiking, and boat rentals.
The Traverse City State Park Beach is one of Traverse City's most popular beach spots. It has picnic tables, restrooms, on-duty lifeguards, a playground, and an outlet of Mitchell Creek at the west end of the beach. A state park permit is required should you want to park your car there, but foot access is free. From the campground, the beach is accessible via an elevated walkway over U.S.31 traffic.