Fayette Historic Townsite & State Park/Foot Trail
Once a bustling industrial community that manufactured charcoal pig iron from 1867 to 1891, Fayette offers visitors the unmatched serenity of a Lake Michigan harbor, white cliffs and verdant forests. This well-preserved museum village features 20 structures including the furnace complex, charcoal kilns, machine shop, office, hotel, town hall, company store, superintendent's house, and employees' homes.
A modern visitor center, museum exhibits and walking tours recall another time when Fayette was a noisy dirty company town with an immigrant population that shared daily hardships, joys and sorrows. Located in Fayette State Park, Fayette Historic Townsite is administered by the Michigan Historical Museum System in the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
Open daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. mid-May through mid-June and Labor Day through mid-October;
9 a.m. - 7 p.m. mid-June through Labor Day.
Admission by state park permit.
Trails: 5 miles - Cross Country Ski, Hiking
Boat Launch: A hard-surface ramp with sufficient water depth and lake or impoundment size to accommodate all trailerable watercraft (minimum of 2.5 - 3 feet deep at a distance of 20 feet from shore). The site is signed.
5 parking spaces available at the access site.
State Park rules apply. A State Park entrance permit is required.
Operated by Fayette Historic State Park.