Muskegon Lakeshore Trail in Muskegon, MI

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Hiking West Michigan kids is a snap – so many places to choose from, and so much beautiful scenery at each location that it makes it one of our top choices for recreational activities.

Most of these walking trails are free (some charge a small fee or a parking fee). We’ve checked a lot of these hiking trails off of our list and can’t wait to add some more before the year is over.

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Directory of Hiking & Walking Trails – Grand Rapids & West Michigan

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Park Managed by City of Muskegon

About Muskegon Lakeshore Trail in Lakeshore Area
3510 Channel Dr, Muskegon MI 49441
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Muskegon Lakeshore Trail runs just under 12 miles around Muskegon Lake and through town.

Trailgoers are treated to sights of the lakes, the channel, the South Pier Lighthouse and sand dunes.

Trail also provides convenient access to area attractions and restaurants.

There is plenty of parking available at various places along Lakeshore Drive, Heritage Landing, Muskegon Lake Nature Preserve and Pere Marquette Park.

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The Walking Paths at Muskegon Lakeshore Trail
Just shy of 12 miles and paved with concrete and asphalt.

Muskegon Lakeshore Trail Features & Amentities
Accessible, Dog Friendly, Free Admission, Good for Rollerblading, Lake or River, Paved Walking Path, Paved Bike Path

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Etiquette & Tips for Hiking & Walking Trails

Here are some things to keep in mind while hiking the walking trails in Grand Rapids.

  1. Stay on the right side of the path when others are approaching.
  2. Wait your turn on the stairs.
  3. Pack in and pack out your trash.
  4. Bring sunscreen and bug spray (we keep a set in the trunk of our car so we’re always prepared!)
  5. Bring water for everyone.
  6. Binoculars and/or a compass can making any hike an adventure for a child
  7. Check for ticks when you’re done (Read this helpful info about ticks in West Michigan)
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It’s easy to forget how lucky we are to live where we do. West Michigan has incredible scenery! And we have so many well kept trails and state parks in our area with different things to see.

I have friends in other parts of the U.S. who miss their Michigan home, saying that all the trails where the live are all the same, and not as varied or well-kept as in Michigan.

So don’t take this place for granted, friends! And don’t wait to experience Michigan in all four wonderful seasons on a trail near you.

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We’ve taken a map of West Michigan and plotted favorite family walking trails, parks and more on it to make it easier for you to find your next outdoor destination. Use the map or look below for reviews on all of our best walking trails in Grand Rapids and beyond.

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7 thoughts on “Muskegon Lakeshore Trail in Muskegon, MI”

  1. Be careful when going to aman park. You will need bug spray. Lots of mosquitoes!! Other than that highly recommended 🙂

  2. We went to the Calvin College Nature Preserve. I didn’t realize their trails were free and open until sunset. Grabbed fellow mom, Allison Hoogheem Kampmueller and her kids, and off we went! It was beautiful! Thanks for posting the info.

  3. We went to the Calvin College Nature Preserve. I didn’t realize their trails were free and open until sunset. Grabbed fellow mom, Allison Hoogheem Kampmueller and her kids, and off we went! It was beautiful! Thanks for posting the info.

  4. Mel – you have officially made my job easier at church as I plan out hikes for our high school students to train on before we head to Colorado. Muchas Gracias sister!

  5. This is so great. We’ve been looking for trails that are near and a little further.
    this is so helpful. thank you!

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