People tell me to “go to Hell” on a regular basis, more times than I am aware of I’m sure. The good news, I’m never that far away. In fact, I find myself in Hell at least every month or two. A week ago, we took our first camping trip of the year, our destination, as you may have guessed by now, was Hell, Michigan. If you’ve never been to Hell, or haven’t visited in a while, let me tell you about my five favorite things to do in Hell.
5. As a family, we absolutely love the outdoors. Occasionally, we will stay in a hotel or rent a house, but our favorite type of lodging consists of a camper or a tent depending on the destination. When in Hell, we choose to stay at Hell Creek Ranch campground. This campground is quiet and very family friendly. They have an amazing pool, horseshoe pits, hiking, canoeing, and there is even a stable on site for horseback riding. They have 60 sites with electric and 40 primitive sites. I didn’t see any full hookup sites available, but they do have a dump station on site. If making a trip to Hell, I highly recommend staying at Hell Creek Ranch.
4. For a small locale, Hell has plenty of attractions to fill a day or two. If you are looking for a quick bite to eat while exploring the area, the Hell Hole Diner has a great selection of sandwiches, burgers, pizza, and pasties. The food is great, and the staff is friendly. We love stopping here when we don’t have time to sit down and eat. You can check out their menu here.
3. ”People in Hell Want Ice Water”. At least, that was what I was told when I wanted something that my parents weren’t going to give me. I haven’t actually had a glass of ice water while in Hell, but I’ve had ice cream there many times. After grabbing a bite at the Hell Hole Diner or the Hell Saloon, we almost always stop at Screams for some delicious Hershey’s ice cream. Their fresh waffle cones are absolutely great. Feeling brave? Try the Gravedigger sundae. If you finish it, they will “sign, seal, and singe your Death Certificate”. Be sure to check out the cool souvenirs while chillin’ with your ice cream.
2. Located a little over an hour outside Detroit, nestled in rolling hills down windy country roads, Hell is gorgeous. It is no surprise that this is a favorite destination for motorcycle clubs and driving enthusiasts alike. Portage River (aka Hell Creek) can be explored by canoe or kayak and will not disappoint. Whether you want to relax while taking a leisurely float or you want to try your luck at catching a Northern Pike or some panfish, this river is perfect. Bring your own canoe or kayak, or you can rent one at Hell Canoe and Kayak Rental. If you rent from them, they provide transportation to the launch point.
1. There is no better way to end a day in Hell than to visit the Hell Saloon. The hellishly themed food is outstanding. They have a full selection of beers on tap and in bottle that will satisfy everyone, except the craft beer super snobs. Hell Saloon is my favorite place in Hell. Truth be told, I make it to Hell Saloon more often than any other attraction there.
There you have it. My five favorite things to do in Hell. Hell has something to do for everyone, young and old. Some other things to do that I did not mention include putt-putt golf, getting married, being mayor for the day, getting a degree from Damnation University, or even buying your own piece of Hell. If you have not made the trip yet, do It!
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