Upper Macatawa Natural Area

MODERATE 49 reviews

Upper Macatawa Natural Area is a 3.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Zeeland, Michigan that features a river. The trail is rated as moderate offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
3.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
108 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

cross country skiing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

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.

hiking
2 months ago

went for a hike with my dog, stayed on the paved path most of the time (grass was still pretty damp), didn't make it too terribly far one mile in and one mile back. so far liking what I've seen, now I need to work the dog into taking longer hikes, break him in slowly

6 months ago

Well marked trails. Easy to get to. Mix of paved and non-paved paths. Closer to highway than expected. Mountain bike trails look fun though.

hiking
8 months ago

Currently, the paths are really icy. Watch your step. Quiet, with no one else around on a Sunday morning.

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful trails! Hiked the mountain bike trails (off-season). AllTrails GPS isn't very exact... this hike was 7.26 miles.

trail running
11 months ago

The mountain bike trails are good for mountain biking and trail running. The paved trail is part of a 9 mile paved loop that goes from the south west parking lot to the southern edge of the park, east to drenthe, north to vriesland, then west to the north edge of the park, then winding through the park back to the lot. Good trail connectivity on the southwest to Holland and on the northeast to the trail that heads through Jamestown. There are also several mowed walking trails.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

It has paved trails for easy walking, grass trails past rolling meadows, and dirt paths through a forest tunnel for a more advanced hiker. Also, if you own a bike... BRING THE BIKE! There are amazing mountain bike paths here.

hiking
Saturday, February 25, 2017

Nice trail options for running,hiking, biking. Was surprised to see it paved for miles with plenty of options for off trail experience. Don't recommend off trail when raining or snow melt, mushy muddy clay like conditions with some standing water. Great views, wildlife, waterfoul abound.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

The trails here are very easy, and very beautiful. From what I could see, there is a very nice mountain bike trail. I will be coming back to these trails with my bike.

mountain biking
Friday, July 08, 2016

Excellent Mountain biking trail! Most Technical trail in West Michigan! Not for beginners!

Monday, May 30, 2016

Nice, well marked trails. Never felt crowded, even though the trails were busy this weekend. Took a little bit to find the mountain bike entrance though, located off 84th ave.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Nice park that has a lot to offer in the aspects of nature and space for hikers and mountain bikers. Enjoy.

walking
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The walking paths are mowed grass paths in the fields out in the open and the "river" was not very exciting. What little I saw of the MTB trails looked nice. We should have hiked them instead.

trail running
Sunday, June 07, 2015

First time on the trail while visiting from Chicago and loved the mountain bike loop as a trail running route. It was varied hilly amd moderately techincal terrain and was tough enough to get a great trail run workout in when I only had 45 minutes to squeeze in a short 4 mile run. I would definitely come back again. Only downside was that you have to drive to the 84th ave entrance, not the main enterance, to get to the mountain bike trails.

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