Haven Hill Visitor Center - Planning Meeting

Did you know that Highland State Recreation Area has a visitor center?

Well, would you believe we almost have a visitor center? The Friends of Highland Recreation Area are transforming the original Haven Hill Gatehouse into a new visitor center for the park, and we need your help.

The Gatehouse, located across from the park office at the main entrance on M-59, was originally built by Edsel and Eleanor Ford as part of their Haven Hill estate. Guests of Haven Hill would stop at the Gatehouse as the first part of any visit to what would later become Highland State Recreation Area. We’re working on returning the Gatehouse to this role, making it the first stop for park visitors to learn more about all the great natural, historic, and recreational resources available in the park.

Here’s where we need your help. We want to make this visitor center the best it can be, which means we need your ideas.

On Wednesday, December 12, at 7:00 pm we’ll be holding an informal public idea session at the Gatehouse. We’ll start off with a quick tour, discuss the list of ideas already submitted, then open the floor to all other ideas.

Please join us at the Haven Hill Gatehouse and help make our new visitor center the best it can be.

HH Gatehouse Vision Plan Drawing-080518.jpg
Comment /Source

John Fitzgerald

The Friends of Highland Recreation Area (FOHRA) volunteer organization was established in 2007, and is a 501 (c) (3) tax exempt non-profit organization operating under lease agreement with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Within one of the most picturesque, fascinating, and historically significant state parks in southeast lower Michigan, our goal is to combine the former Haven Hill estate history with Highland Recreation Area’s existing amenities, wilderness, and recreation.