Grayling offers the opportunity for adventure all year round! In the spring, summer, and fall, Grayling offers areas for hiking, biking, golfing, and disc golfing. With both the Manistee River and the AuSable River running through the area, fishing, kayaking, and canoeing are three major activities. In the winter, Grayling offers sledding, snowboarding, tubing, and downhill skiing. 70% of the land in Grayling is either owned by the state or federal government, which allows for the construction of many trails that are kept well groomed. These trails are not only good for hiking and biking, but they’re also great for winter sports such as cross-country skiing, skijoring, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling.
If you’re not the outdoorsy type, Grayling is also rich with history, with several historical sites such as Hartwick Pines State Park, the Crawford County Historical Museum, Wellington Farm Park, Lovell’s Historical Society, W.J. Beal Tree Planting, and the Grayling Fish Hatchery.
The Crawford AuSable School District has been rated as some of the highest ranked schools by the Michigan Department of Education. The State of Michigan ranks all of the nearly 4,000 schools in a “Top to Bottom” list. CASD was again named a top performing district in the region with all of our schools earning a high ranking. Grayling High School lead the way ranking in the 82nd percentile, which is near the top among high schools in Northern Michigan. The Center for Michigan a non-affiliated, non-profit public policy group ranked CASD as the BEST traditional school district in Michigan. For more information, visit www.casdk12.net.
In addition, Grayling is also home to Kirtland Community College, a two year university located in Crawford County. Find more information at www.kirtland.edu.
We have a Top 100 ranked Hospital right here in our community--Munson Healthcare Grayling Hospital. In addition, we have medical facilities including multiple senior living centers, a Commission on Aging, rehab facilities, eye doctors, dentists, physical therapists, and more!
We have two libraries in this area, the Devereaux Memorial Library which is located next to the Elementary School, and the Frederic Community Library which is located in Frederic.
Grayling is home to the Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver Training Center, which is a premier, full-spectrum, four-season joint training center. Camp Grayling provides year-round support for training to enable military commanders and civilian leaders to meet their unit readiness requirements. Each year they have one major training that spans two weeks and hosts nearly 18,000 soldiers, this is known as Operation Northern Strike.