Rosy Mound Natural Area Trail

MODERATE 69 reviews

Rosy Mound Natural Area Trail is a 2.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Grand Haven, Michigan that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from May until October.

2.2 miles
157 feet
Out & Back



nature trips






wild flowers

no dogs

27 days ago

Would be a better run...

1 month ago

Delightful little trail through a backdune forest leading up to the lakeshore. Very pretty and peaceful. Lots of stairs make it a good workout. The trailhead has a place to lock up bikes.

2 months ago

such a beautiful walk through trails and up steps to find the beach at the end

3 months ago

Lots of stairs, but worth the climb to see the view of Lake Michigan. Nice wide trail that is either gravel or wooden planks.

4 months ago

Beautiful little trail/boardwalk leading to the beach. Wish it wasn't $6 to park, but oh well.

6 months ago

Shhh don't tell anybody about this Paradise

7 months ago

Great easy hike with lots of stairs, but people had dogs which are unpermitted

7 months ago

beautiful views sad they put stairs in tho it used to be a legit trail but other wise it's nice

8 months ago

great trail to do after work, rewarded with a swim in Lake Michigan!

9 months ago

quite and pretty!

10 months ago

Beautiful and be prepared for lots of stairs!

11 months ago

This is a beautiful trail. The stairs left me out of breath but it's a great workout. I love that it ends at the beach. This is one of my favorite places in the area.

11 months ago

While the journey is as good as the destination....the final destination here is spectacular! We plan at least a couple hours playing in Lake Michigan/beach before hiking back. Hike is not strenuous though.

11 months ago

One of my favorite hikes in West Michigan ~ great forests, lookout, and small secluded beach access.

nature trips
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

pea gravel path, a variety of views, forest, dunes, and the lake. Much higher traffic than expected.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Beautiful and fun trail

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Killer stairs.

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

great views, great access

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Easy trail on Boardwalk. Stairs were a nice addition to add a small bit of challenge. Would definitely go again when we have time to stay on the beach

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Well maintained and posted trails.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Beautiful day in a beautiful location. As a bonus, it is good exercise.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Lots and lots of stairs. And ticks. It was beautiful though.

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Very pretty trail with access to Lake Michigan. Lots of stairs! We came in November and it was still very beautiful.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Was a great stair workout!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Great hike. We went on a beautiful day with not many other people on the trail. A lot of stairs so be ready to tackle those. If you have kids, there is a small section where you may want to hold their hands because even though it's not really a cliff, it's fairly steep on both sides of a ridge you walk on. The end of the trail is the reward when you walk on the beach. Don't miss the meadow loop that goes off the beach as well if you still have the energy. You do have to pay a fee to park your car.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

This is a beautiful way to spend an afternoon, or a couple of hours of it, with a glorious view of Lake Michigan as the prize after a lot of steps! This trail is an out-and-back up and over the dune with a nice flat section at the bottom through the old dune blowout. It is a great way to learn a little more about dune formation and the importance of dunes in our local ecology. The stairs can be strenuous.
This is a county park, and daily auto fees are in force during the summer months. Also, dogs are not allowed on this trail.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A really nice hike.. Trail was almost entirely on wooden plank, and the best part was not only do you get spectacular views of Lake Michigan, but the trail end brings you right to your own private section of beach. A must see in the Grand Haven area. small parking fee required.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

This is one of my favorite places on earth. I have hiked this park at least 50 times and each time is wonderful. Good cardio workouts with many stairs and lovely setting, beautiful trees and the lake. What more could you ask for? Any nature lover/ hiker will love this place. Can't wait to get there this spring after this unreal winter.

Thursday, March 07, 2013

We spent a nice summer night out here hiking the trail out to the beach and then having a picnic. The 0.7 mile trail out to the beach is moderately difficult with about 400 steps that you are either going up or down. There are about 3 total miles of trails in this park. Overall this is a great park with nice overlooks from the top of the dunes. The beach is about a 1/2 mile long and because of the walk is not as busy as many of the others in the area.

There is a $6 parking fee in effect from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. The fee is paid at the automated kiosk near the trail map.

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

This is a nice wooded wide trail. I brought my two young children out here (15 months and 3 year old) and we had a great time. There are a few steps so I wouldn't recommend using a stroller on this trail for you parents out there. You will also find different signs on the trail giving you and idea of the terrain and the things living there. The view of Lake Michigan is beautiful and the beach was quiet (this time of the year). I will definitely visit this place again.

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