When in Petoskey, you must find your own Petoskey Stone. A Petoskey stone is a fossilized coral, that formed 350 million years ago, and we are lucky enough to have right along Little Traverse Bay. On the shore, they can look like any other rock, so a secret tip is to spray some water on it, so that you can see the dot, which is the mouth and the hexagonal pattern around it. It can be quite hard to find them if you don’t know where to look, so here are 3 of my favorite places to find Petoskey Stones!
Petoskey State Park: The Petoskey State Park is a gorgeous beach and a great place to walk along the shoreline and find stones. It is located halfway between Petoskey and Harbor Springs along M-119. You should be able to walk along the beautiful shoreline of Lake Michigan and find a bunch of Petoskey Stones or just view one of our million-dollar sunsets.
Magnus Park/ Waterfront: Located right next to downtown Petoskey, if you walk along the little traverse wheelway, after you jump off the Breakwall, you will come across Magnus Park. This is a public campground that is also a rock beach and a great place to find Petoskey Stones.
Behind D&W: Instead of driving all the way to the State Park, you can find a secret passage to the beach behind the grocery store, D&W Food Market, along M-31. This is another extension of the Little Traverse Wheelway, and there is a set of stairs that bring you right down to the beach.