Along the lakeshore, we have so many beautiful parks and trails to explore! Get outside this summer and visit a new one each week with our challenge.
Check off each park and trail you visit with our handy guide on this page!
Known for its swimming and dog beaches, Kirk Park is fun for the entire family (furry friends included). The Kirk Park Dog Beach is open daily, but with limited hours due to high water; check its website before visiting.
With its kayak and canoe launch, Hemlock Crossing makes it easy to get out on the water. Also, check out the Nature Center — it’s full of exhibits, and it has a wildlife den with critters and activities, a wildlife viewing area and a gift shop.
With 1,000 acres of land and 2½ miles of shoreline, Saugatuck Dunes State Park is a great place to break out the beach gear and kick back and relax. The park’s varied terrain also makes it a popular spot for birdwatchers and hikers.
Take a short hike (0.9 mile) through the forest to the dune stairway and climb your way to some breathtaking views of both Lake Michigan and Lake Macatawa. Dogs are allowed, but must be kept on leashes.