Green Point Dunes Nature Preserve Trail

MODERATE 33 reviews

Green Point Dunes Nature Preserve Trail is a 1.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Frankfort, Michigan that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
374 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

cross country skiing

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

beach

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

This preserve offers nearly three miles of trail winding through forest and meadow to stunning views of Lake Michigan and a beach of unparalleled beauty. The property is host to many native plant species and unique bird habitat so be on the lookout for wildflower displays and great birding. A beautiful wooded loop with two scenic overlooks and stairs to a beach on Lake Michigan. The trail is well maintained and well marked. Each trail junction has a signpost with a placard of the map. Most junctions provide a bench or rock to rest on. Trees are marked with purple blazes to assist with following the trail. The two scenic overlooks are well-constructed wooden platforms with seating. Access to the beach is provided via wooden staircase that provides seating at the top. The beach is fantastic, but the water is cold early in the season so most swimming occurs in late July-September. There are signs explaining the presence of Poison Ivy and ticks. There are many mosquitoes in the woods, but the scenic overlooks and the beach are amazing and well worth the possible nuisance.

1 day ago

Pretty easy trail. Down hill to the lake, then up hill on the way back. Beautiful views from bluffs

hiking
2 days ago

This trail winds and is steep. The way back to the car will always be at an incline which may be a little difficult for some. The view of the lake was cool too.

birding
9 days ago

amazing views and beach access. its all uphill on the way back though.

hiking
9 days ago

It is a great all-around hike with something for everyone. 7-year old approved. Where the trail ends at the lake supposedly there is a sunken boat that can be snorkeled. Great fossil hunting. Nice rolling hills and views.

hiking
22 days ago

Pretty good hike and some areas are quite steep for some good cardio. Nice walk to the beach and great lookouts.

hiking
1 month ago

A fun few shaded miles of wooded elevations with a couple dune-top lookout decks. Midpoint stairs that decend to a secluded beach on Lake Michigan. The trail is trodden enough that I hiked the path out barefoot after swimming.

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely stunning trail! Some inclines that get your heart rate up, but the views are beyond worth it. Trail is very well marked and easy to navigate. I recommend going in reverse numerical order so that you hit the beach on the first half and end the hike with the gorgeous scenic overlooks. Would definitely visit Frankfort again just to hike this trail.

hiking
3 months ago

great hike to lake michigan with nice lookout views of the water

7 months ago

One of the best trails in the area without a doubt. There are two awesome overlooks, and the trail leads right to the beach, which is mostly free from nearby development for miles in each direction.

hiking
7 months ago

This is a must if you are in the area! While the views and trails aren't quite as impressive as Arcadia Dunes, the beach may very well be the best in Michigan. Super scenic with towering dunes, remote, and beautiful clear water.

9 months ago

Pristine woods and the views of the lake are breathtaking. Great place for panoramic photos.

hiking
10 months ago

Absolutely stunning views. Easy-Moderate. Nothing too strenuous but there were some stretches of going up.

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful well-marked trail! Loved the lake views. Also enjoyed the wooded areas.

walking
Saturday, August 19, 2017

Trails are well marked. The views of Lake Michigan are amazing!

hiking
Monday, August 14, 2017

Moderate hike with Great Views and Lake access.

walking
Sunday, August 06, 2017

Beautiful area. The trail follows the contours around the hills so you aren't constantly climbing and then descending. The beach trees are old and tall. There are many, many wildflowers here. The platform at the lake is a perfect place to enjoy a break then go down the stairs to the beach. There is another viewing platform which gives you a view of s shipwreck.

hiking
Tuesday, August 01, 2017

This is the best hike around the Traverse area. It has some of the best overlook views that are better than Empire Bluff trail. It also has a path down to the beach that is simply amazing!

hiking
Sunday, July 16, 2017

Fantastic

hiking
Sunday, June 25, 2017

Great trail trough beautiful forest with gorgeous overlooks ending up on Lake Michigan beach.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Amazing!

mountain biking
Sunday, May 21, 2017

It was an amazing Trail!

Sunday, October 09, 2016

it was great for the whole family.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
Saturday, July 29, 2017

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