All Trails Point Toward Lake Michigan at Saugatuck Dunes State Park

6575 138th Ave, Holland, MI 49423

The Scoop on Saugatuck Dunes State Park

I tend to have a gravitational pull toward Lake Michigan–so I was thrilled for an excuse to explore the lakeshore at Saugatuck Dunes State Park!

Saugatuck Dunes State Park offers four different trail loops at varying lengths (from 2.5 to 5.2 miles). I would recommend checking the trail map before you go since there wasn’t one readily available at the trailhead when we visited.

We hit the beach trail (the yellow trail). It featured markers along the way stating “beach trail, to the beach” which is helpful if you get turned around. The trail has some decent hills, but my kindergartner tackled them with enthusiasm. 

While we didn’t check every trail, I would not recommend a stroller for this hike.

  • Trail Difficulty: Moderate, with some bigger hills.

  • Dogs Allowed? Yes, this is a popular spot for dogs–but they are NOT allowed on the beach, just on the trails.

  • Facilities: Port-a-potty facilities are available at the trailhead and at the lake.

  • Stroller Friendly? No.

  • Time of Year Accessible: Open year round.

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The beach trail goes through a hilly, wooded area and ends at Lake Michigan (with another port-a-potty located at the end of the trial).

We had a lot of fun climbing, hiking, and wave watching once we got there. Saugatuck Dunes State Park has 2.5 miles of shoreline, so feel free to explore a bit!

According to the trail map, all the trails end with a scenic overlook of the lake–which makes any hike worthwhile. With multiple trail options, this is a place you could visit again and again with your family!

There is a small covered pavilion with picnic tables near the parking lot. We grabbed a picnic table and rewarded our hard work with a snack.

Parking fees are covered by a Recreational Passport sticker on your license plate–or it’s $9 for a day pass. In the off-season it operates on an honor system with a box for you to leave your money.

If you’re looking to extend your visit we have you covered with kid-friendly things to do in Fennville and Saugtauck!

Learn More About Protecting Our Great Lakes at Kent District Library

I’m pretty enamored with our Great Lakes. I try to do my part to keep them clean so they’ll be around for my kids to fall in love with too!

Kent District Library feels the same way and is partnering with the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan to host a series of speakers on the topic Oceans, Lakes, and Streams: Protecting Water Globally and Locally.

The final two speakers are on April 24, 2019 and May 1, 2019. All the events are free and take place at the Kentwood KDL Branch.

You can also find a list of related books on the topic of environmental stewardship (I’ve already requested two of them from my local branch).

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Or, use this map of all the playgrounds, trails and dog parks around West Michigan to find your next family adventure!

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