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Port Cresent State Park Trail is a 1.9 mile loop trail located near Port Austin, Michigan that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate and is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length1.9 miElevation gain59 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashHikingWalkingRunningForestLakeViews
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The hike is moderate to easy with some sandy hill climbing. It's a great all season hike through wooded sand dunes that protect you from winter winds. There are elevated scenic overlooks of a river and it's mouth into Lake Huron. The hike can be modified to in include about 3/4 of a mile of beach as one leg of the hike.

The trailhead is located about 1/2 mile SW of the parks main entrance. Just beyond a bar and restaurant called The Buccaneer Den. There is a small parking area there. Walk across the wooden bridge to the trailhead.

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Keyla Dv
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Eh

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Scott Cheney
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Rich Kopach
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HikingGreat!

Nice short fall hike and is next to a nice campground.

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Steve Post
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Hiking

A scenic, short hike with views of Pinnebog river and the Saginaw bay of Lake Huron. Be aware that going the CCW direction is confusing between marker 4 and 6 because the trail comes down to the river's edge and gets pretty narrow in the weeds. It seems to be disappearing at one point, but stick it out!

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Amy Eiermann
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this was amazing we wish we could have done the long way but it was starting to rain and we have a small hiker. from the ancient trees to the amazing secluded beach. this is my favorite hike of the trip. I will be back to swim out to the sandbar island

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Edric Eiermann
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Amy Eiermann
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nice trail leads to a. nice beach for a dip. this is by the dark sky park

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Kim Hill
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BackpackingGreat!

I found that if you get off the trail, you can easily get down to the beach. I hiked along the shore about a half mile before finding a place to get back on the path. Beautiful place!

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Amanda Lee
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HikingOver grown

If you go 4-6 it’s a little overgrown, but honestly a fun little adventure!

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Steph Barberis
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Hiking

Great little trail with many photo stop options. Section 4-6 is a little sketch and overgrown but you can bypass this by doing 4-5 instead.

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Rebecca Holdwick
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Tom K
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Nick Ross
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Erin Elizabeth
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Hiking

My kids and I enjoyed this trail - they learned a lot about dunes, and we all wished the signage was refreshed, as the lettering and images have faded. The navigational signs were helpful, though, and those that had been missing were replaced with laminated arrows. Like a previous ATer noted, several trail sections were covered with 2-5” of clear water. As we learned from the signs - these interdunal ponds are important for the ecosystem! We were prepared with our footwear and looked for life (snakes, turtles, tadpoles) before crossing through them. We went on an overcast Tuesday morning (69 in late July!) and it felt abandoned throughout the day-use park. We were the only ones in any lot until about noon.

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Tom Leyden
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HikingFlooded

Nice hike. Great views and you have unfettered access to a rather secluded beach. One of the paths was flooded, but that wasn’t a problem as there are many different trails.

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Ashley Tucker
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Dog friendly access was great! Short walk to a beautiful view of the bay. Many trails to poke around on. Will be back. Sort of busy, was able to keep plenty of social distance (went on a Wednesday)

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Angelo Martinez
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Kids hike

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Karen Jamrog
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Hiking

Hiked with my 8 and 10 year olds. The whole family enjoyed it! They especially liked the sandy hill areas and the side trails that lead to the lake. The lake was spectacular with the ice shoreline and listening to the ice crack with the waves. Trail was well marked. The trail was muddy in some areas - especially the last quarter of the trail.

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Benjamin Decker
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Really fun!

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silver back
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unbelievably beautiful it was a much-needed Spiritual Awakening

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Rachel Wierda
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Pretty trail with cool water area to swim or fish. We brought our 7 month old puppy and he loved this trail as well.

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KatyAnna Salcido
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Nice trail, easy to navigate. The main trail doesn’t follow the beach like I thought but there were plenty of smaller paths that lead out to nice views of the water.

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Grant Garbinski
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I experienced the worst allergies of my life during this hike... Other than that, it was a nice little hike and would have been better had it not been for the mosquitos. Bring spray!

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Odeta Fecani
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I completed this trail with my 6 year old son and I would recommend it to other people with children too. We saw a few swans swimming in the river.

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Hollie Hasley
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Parking is problem for snow. I’m concerned if the cars will be hit while passing.

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Bryan Wiedyk
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Great trail. We walked the highway from Port Cresent state park where we are camping. We started counter clockwise from the. ridge and parking area. The path from 6 to the bridge is not marked that well and that part of the trail gets really narrow and there are wild BlackBerry branches in the path that have thorns that could snag or scratch you. We went during the day and we could see them easily and avoided any problems. We returned to the bridge by the road and then walked back 5 to 4 to complete every part of the trail, then went north east on the trail to the Port Cresent state park beach. As of 2018 the Pinebogg march / river does not flow out by the beach so you can walk over to the beach and come out by the volleyball net area with getting your shoes wet. I dont think the trail is very visible from the beach and people dont mention this great little trail. All in all 1.5 hours, 4.25 miles, 890 calories, 23 floors...

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Ron Tomlinson
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Very easy trail and nice sand dune over looking Lake Huron and Pinnebog River. Saw some deer in the woods. The trail extends to the Port Crescent State Park where you can continue your hike. Just have to be careful with pockets of poison ivy along the trail.

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Eric Wing
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Beautiful easy trail great pay off view of Lake Huron

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Melissa Moore
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Really easy trail and beautiful views of Saginaw Bay. The trails were marked really well.

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