Underground Forest - Frederic MI 

Address: 9800 N Old 27
City: Frederic
State: MI
Zip: 49733
County: Crawford
Number of visits to this page: 45679
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General Information:

The Underground Forest was still standing as of 2013 when the photos below were taken. The place closed around 1965 after Old 27 gave way to I-75. The attraction and the adjacent house were purchased by a family intent on keeping the structures intact. However, I think they are gone (as of 2021) due to being beyond repair.

The folks were nice enough to show us around and they allowed us to take pictures. Just inside the entrance was a ticket office, souvenir shop and concession stand. The remainder of the structure was built into a hillside. Beyond the souvenir shop was a series of underground tunnels featuring dioramas with various taxidermy animals on display that were indigenous to the region. Evidently some of the animals can still be seen at the Call of the Wild attraction in Gaylord. They were moved there after the Underground Forest closed down.

There were also smaller displays which showed movies. Many thanks to the owners who took the time to share this rare artifact of mid century tourism. We would ask that anyone visiting the area not trespass on the grounds of the Underground Forest as it is now private property. There is construction going on and walking around inside could be hazardous.

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Info Updates:
6/18/2018 - Deana Leinberger
Relatives owned and developed this site, but I believe they manufactured souvenirs made of Michigan pine wood before they opened the Underground Forest. I’m not sure of the relative’s name but it could have been Rachwitz or BENNETT. Do you have any history of that? I was a child in the 50s when we visited there.
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Underground Forest - Old Postcard
Old Postcard
Underground Forest - Old Post Card
Old Post Card
Underground Forest - Summer 2013 From Ron Gross
Summer 2013 From Ron Gross
Underground Forest - Summer 2013 From Ron Gross
Summer 2013 From Ron Gross
Underground Forest - Summer 2013 From Ron Gross
Summer 2013 From Ron Gross
Underground Forest - Summer 2013 From Ron Gross
Summer 2013 From Ron Gross
Underground Forest - Summer 2013 From Ron Gross
Summer 2013 From Ron Gross
Underground Forest - Summer 2013 From Ron Gross
Summer 2013 From Ron Gross
Underground Forest - Summer 2013 From Ron Gross
Summer 2013 From Ron Gross
Underground Forest - Summer 2013 From Ron Gross
Summer 2013 From Ron Gross
Underground Forest - Summer 2013 From Ron Gross
Summer 2013 From Ron Gross
Underground Forest - Summer 2013 From Ron Gross
Summer 2013 From Ron Gross
Underground Forest - Old Flyer
Old Flyer
Underground Forest - Old Flyer
Old Flyer
Underground Forest - Various Promos
Various Promos
Underground Forest - Various Promos
Various Promos
Underground Forest - Various Promos
Various Promos
Underground Forest - Various Promos
Various Promos
Underground Forest - Various Promos
Various Promos
Underground Forest - Various Promos
Various Promos
Underground Forest - 1963 Ad
1963 Ad
Underground Forest - 1965 Closing
1965 Closing
Underground Forest - Aug 1961 Feature
Aug 1961 Feature
Underground Forest - Old Ad From 1959 Playtime Guidebook
Old Ad From 1959 Playtime Guidebook
Underground Forest - Old Ad
Old Ad
Underground Forest - Old Article
Old Article
Underground Forest - Sept 1962 Promo Ad
Sept 1962 Promo Ad
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