Warren Dunes has three miles of shoreline, six miles of hiking trails and is open year-round. It also has a dune formation that rises 260 feet above the lake with spectacular views and 1,952 acres of recreational opportunity.
This trail is great as it basically circumnavigates the entire 2,000 acre park, using four trails or a stretch along Lake Michigan. By doing the loop, our walk took us through forests, up and over sand dunes and just above the beaches, then back to the car by heading over the sand dunes once again.
Great Place to Hike or walk or run it can get a little busy during the summer when all the tourists come to the park but the fall and winter are brautiful walking the dunes in the winter with not another soul for miles is a feeling you cant get anywhere else.
This park is less than an hour from my house and is a pleasure to hike no matter what season it is. There are so many trail, you can hike a new one everyone you go. We have hiked sand dunes, marshes, and canopied trails here. Anytime you make a hike out to the beach, it is always tough finding the trail head to make it back. We have done the big loop 4 times and everything's we turn inland to early.
Warren Dunes also have some of the best camp grounds I've seen in my area. They are always clean, the staff is friendly, and there is a great separation from the primitive to the electric sites.
It was a bit warm and therefore slushy when we ventured out, but we had a lovely time nonetheless. We started along one of the hiking trails in the SE corner of the dunes and took that about a mile and a half, tracing through woods and alongside a stream. As a beginner, I appreciated the lack of hills along this route, instead focusing on getting a good glide going. We'll definitely be back for a quick weekend ski trip!