All Trails Point Toward Lake Michigan at Saugatuck Dunes State Park
|Saugatuck Dunes State Park|
6575 138th Ave, Holland, MI 49423
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.
Saugatuck Dunes State Park
Saugatuck Dunes State Park in Michigan is a day use park – there is no camping here. The park is quite rustic – there are no boat launches here either, making this a harder-to-get to beach that keeps the number of people down in the summer, especially on the north end.
Saugatuck Dunes State Park At a Glance
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.
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.
If you want to head straight to the beach, the shortest trail is 0.6 miles one way over a sandy trail. Follow the black dotted line on this map to take the shortest route to the beach.
While we didn’t check every trail, I would not recommend a stroller for this hike.
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 trail).
The North Trail goes through a wonderful grove of pines and involves a hearty climb at one point.
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.
A Recreational Passport sticker on your license plate is required for entry to Saugatuck Dunes State Park.
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