Pinckney Vacation Tips

Ever visit Pinckney Michigan? Want vacation tips from someone who lives there?

We asked the local residents to tell us what we should visit, the must-see places to go and things to do are in the area.

Here are some travel tips that a local named Carrie shared with us:

Local Vacation Tips

Visit my Hometown! Submitted by Carrie

My name is Carrie, and I am excited to tell you a bit about my hometown of Pinckney in Livingston County, Michigan.

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It isn't really a town, it's a village of 2,141 people centrally located in southeast Michigan south of Ann Arbor and north of Jackson. I grew up here. My dad grew up here. My grandpa grew up here. I think you get the general idea.

The first thing I want you to do when you get to Pinckney is Go to Hell!! You may have the wrong idea now, so just keep reading. Despite it's small size, Pinckney is visited by thousands of tourists each year as they make their way to the famous neighboring hamlet of Hell, Michigan.

Locals have become accustomed to all of the folks who stop to pose for photographs by the official street sign that says hell and sports an arrow pointing the way. I guess they want evidence of their trip to Hell. The children who live in Hell attend Pinckney's award winning local schools, and the two communities really exist as one.

Hell has a great little ice cream shop called Screams where you can get an ice cream sundae served straight out of a real coffin. With just the right timing, you may encounter a meeting of the Michigan hearse enthusiast club. Where else can you see more than one souped-up, custom painted hearse in one place?

If you're in the mood for a beer or hamburger, stop on by the Dam Site Inn next store for an authentic local experience. Don't be taken aback by the Harleys parked out front. The bikers aren't as scary as they look. Heck, how often do you get the chance to have a beer with a bunch of bikers in Hell?!

After you've gone to Hell, be sure to look about and enjoy the beautiful scenery as you head back into Pinckney and make your way down M-36 towards the US-23 highway.

Many articles and book chapters suggest a scenic drive through this area. Thousands of acres of state owned parkland ensure abundant wildlife and natural habitat abound year round.

Why not stay a night or a week at the Waterloo Recreation area's clean and reasonably priced campground. Or if you share my enthusiasm for birding, be sure to keep your eyes peeled in late fall and you may see something exciting as thousands of sand hill cranes migrate to warmer areas.

If the kids are getting antsy, stop by the town square as you pass back through Pinckney, and let them enjoy the new playground equipment. If it's a weekend night in summer, you may be lucky enough to catch a barbershop quartet or acoustic rock bank playing in the gazebo.

Ready to eat again? Just walk across the street and grab a bite at Bleachers Bar and Grill. The sports fans amongst you will appreciate that any Detroit sporting event in progress is sure to be tuned in for your viewing pleasure on of the many big screen televisions. If you're in a hurry quick eats can be found on M-36 at Wendy's or McDonalds. Rumor has it that Taco Bell will be coming soon. So, you may have an international flavor option as well! Hey, Taco Bell is big excitement for a small town like Pinckney.

Still have energy to burn?? Park the car at the old railroad depot on the outskirts of town and enjoy a stroll down the miles of old railroad tracks turned to recreational trails we call "rails to trails". If you feel like biking, there's a great little bicycle shop in town on Main Street where the friendly shopkeepers will be glad to rent you a set of wheels for the afternoon. One final recommendation is Ed Bock feed store on M-36. I'm a loyal fan of their fair prices and extensive selection of bird food and bird feeders. It's one of my favorite places to spend some money on a quiet afternoon. If you see a petite 30ish brunette making small talk with a young man stacking 50 pound bags of bird seed in the back of a silver Chrysler, stop and say hello. I'd love to hear about your visit.

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