South Swan Creek Loop Trail

MODERATE 17 reviews

South Swan Creek Loop Trail is a 5.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Allegan, 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
5.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
223 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

beach

lake

river

wildlife

hiking
16 days ago

Started counter clockwise at north loop trailhead. For the most part the trail is easily discernible and adequate. However, ran into some areas skirting the lake where the trail is very narrow, on an ankle turning slanted slope and either obstructed or not easily discernible. Mosquitoes were brutal even after two applications of repellent. Was not my type of trail (weak ankles due to previous injuries) and with the bug swarms couldn’t wait to arrive back at my car.

hiking
1 month ago

We walked the south loop trail on Earth Day. This was our first time on the south loop, but we hiked the north loop recently. We parked by the dam because we didn’t realize there was parking on the other side of the road. About 3/4 of the trail is a basic walk in the woods, on the ridge over the river. The north half of the west bank trail was greatly varied and fun...definitely the best, with varied terrain.

1 month ago

Great scenery. There's a fork at about 3 miles. Take the upper trail to the right, don't go left down to the water as you lose the trail and end up in pricker bushes.

hiking
2 months ago

Great quick trail. I would rate it as easy-moderate.
After first half you must walk out on a road to the left and re-enter to the left about 1/4 mike down.
Towards the end you finish it on the asphalt road.
Worth it!

hiking
3 months ago

Estimate of length is pretty accurate, I’d say around 5 miles. Didn’t see another person the entire trail, which is perfect! Overall well marked. I’d recommend it!

hiking
4 months ago

What a beautiful hike in the snow. Well marked, and yes after the one mile I did today it seems a little shy on the estimate. I can't wait to see the whole thing!

hiking
7 months ago

Nice hiking trail but definitely not 4.8 miles. My gps map put me at 6 miles. At the half way mark I came out at 44th st and had a hard time finding the return trail but did find it eventually. I had to walk on the actual road for a bit until I seen a trail heading back into the woods. Very beautiful trail.

hiking
10 months ago

The "lake" is rapidly filling in, with over nitrogenation, lots of algae and duckweed. The trail is well over 10 miles for the loop, not 4.6. Very difficult to find the trail head from the parking lot north of 118 -- park at the south lot. Warning, the part of the trail between parking lots forces you onto 118 with no shoulders and 50 mph traffic.

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3 months ago

recorded 3-2-18

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Sunday, May 15, 2016