Upper Macatawa Natural Area

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Zeeland, Michigan

Upper Macatawa Natural Area is a 6.3 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Zeeland, Michigan that features a river. The trail is rated as moderate and offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 6.3 km Elevation Gain: 33 m Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

cross country skiing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

bird watching

running

forest

paved

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

Parking lots are located on 76th and 84th Avenues to access the various hiking and cross-country ski trails. There is 0.5 miles of paved trail beginning at the 84th Ave. access leading to a scenic overlook.

mountain biking
bugs
muddy
no shade
over grown
9 days ago

Trail is extremely narrow and overgrown. It will need some serious work to make it a nice mountain bike trail again.

hiking
22 days ago

Nice trails. Some sections were paved, others were dirt/grassy trails which were all maintained well. Saw lots of birds and snakes which made it fun, as well as a river, small ponds, and creeks. I saw the mountain biking trails and will definitely be coming back to try them out! Overall, really nice time and I’d come back for sure!

I had a very nice time walking these trails. If I were to choose three words to describe what I experienced I would write peace, beauty, and happiness. There was an abundance of wildlife to see, along with many stops to enjoy the view. I gave my experience 5 stars because in thinking about it, I could find nothing negative to say. Would recommend!

mountain biking
muddy
23 days ago

nature trips
muddy
washed out
25 days ago

Mother’s Day adventure with mama bear Kraai. We learned how to walk:)

26 days ago

The paved paths- Did not go on them today, but have many times. They are well maintained and a good option for toddlers that want to do some walking and some riding in the stroller. Tend to be reasonably busy, but it's a wide path. The natural terrain paths- very flat, but nice views and interesting. The "seasonally" wet trails. I have lived in the area and never seen them dry. Today I decided to go for it since I didn't care if I got a little wet. Yeah, it was really wet. I was walking in standing water up to my knees twice and smelled thoroughly like a wet dog when done. The bird watching was great though. I also got the trail to myself despite the parking lot being full and people parking on the road. The one star off is because of what is outside the park. You can hear the highway at least a little throughout the park. There is also a very short stretch where you get a very strong smell from what I think is a pig farm basically next door. It's still a fun park to visit.

hiking
1 month ago

It was really nice. Beautiful. I did see 5 snakes and the gf wasn't too happy about that. But it was fun. I did end up having to pick up a bit of trash though. Good parking. Some of the non-paved areas are pretty muddy right now, but nothing surprising.

walking
muddy
1 month ago

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

Paved trail and narrow trails in the woods were nice. Grass mowed areas were muddy and I saw 2 snakes! Panic happened- Good for dogs- minus the snakes it was a good hike

running
muddy
1 month ago

hiking
3 months ago

I enjoyed this trail! Most of the unpaved trail is through fields which was fun! I saw some geese and ducks and a couple turkeys! The paved part of the trail was very nice. Although the unpaved trail was muddy it was still fun and I would recommend it.

hiking
flooded
muddy
3 months ago

recorded Upper Macatawa Natural Area

hiking
3 months ago

Nice open area with paved + Mountain biking trails.

mountain biking
rocky
5 months ago

Great biking trail, rolling hills and many winding corner and wooden bridges on some turns - fell off the last bridge trying to get more speed through a bank. So take it slow on your first loop.. and the smell of the farm is a real thing, but it goes away after the first mile in.

hiking
flooded
muddy
7 months ago

hiking
muddy
washed out
7 months ago

recorded Upper Macatawa Natural Area

hiking
muddy
7 months ago

Half paved, half natural trail. Only go during dry spell otherwise quite muddy after rains. Would prefer more walking through woods. This trail walks along a marshy river more than woods.

hiking
bugs
muddy
washed out
8 months ago

Great trail system, lower elevation trails were muddy and slick. High ground was perfect.

hiking
over grown
8 months ago

It was great with an amazing view UNTIL we got t the more brushy areas & then there were snakes. Only scared of stepping on them, but just a warning.

hiking
bugs
8 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Decent trail. Pretty flat hike and more of a walk . Beautiful staging and parking area. Looks like great mountain bike trail.

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