Saugatuck Dunes South Trail

MODERATE 13 reviews

Saugatuck Dunes South Trail is a 2.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Holland, Michigan that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
413 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

cross country skiing

beach

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

A day-use park along a secluded strip of Lake Michigan shoreline, Saugatuck Dunes State Park offers 1,000 acres of land with 2.5 miles of shore line. The Lake Michigan beach is a 0.6 mile hike from the picnic parking area. In addition, the park has fresh water coastal dunes that are over 200 feet tall. The park's terrain varies from steep slopes to rolling hills. The park, located in Allegan County, is relatively undeveloped. The land for Saugatuck Dunes was acquired in 1971 from the Augustinian Order, who used the buildings as a seminary. When the state took ownership, the structures were used as a prison and state police offices.

11 days ago

The trail is nicely taken care of. Finding the entrance was a little rough for me, but I believe that was because of where I parked.

One quick note: if you aren't that in shape take the trail in a counter clockwise rotation. Doing it clockwise leaves a lot of steep dunes on the back half of your hike.

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23 days ago

quite a beautiful spot with enough graduated hill climbs to make it interesting and excellent views of Lake Michigan.

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2 months ago

Love this trail: beautiful year round!

snowshoeing
4 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Well groomed forest trail through the dunes. Easy walk, some hills. Great for all ages.