Saugatuck Dunes State Park
Saugatuck Dunes State Park
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The park's 850 acres include a beach, dunes and cross-country ski trails.
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Cassie M
Bellbrook, OH35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Solo
It was just what I wanted it to be—beautiful, quiet, peaceful, and calming. I was in town for two days and one night and I visited the park both days. The trails were a more strenuous hike than I expected—I couldn’t find the most direct route because they are not well labeled and not all shown on the map, but I forgive the park for that* because the woods are beautiful and so are the dunes, the beach, and the lake. On the second day there I had a long stretch of the beach all to myself for a while. It was perfect.

*It would be great if the map were updated and the trail markers were clearer though.
Written April 15, 2021
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loretta8315
Conover, NC261 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
Wonderful time spent at the park. We chose to do the hike down to the beach..I would rate the hiking easy to moderate depending upon where you go. Our trail to go down to the beach of Lake Michigan had a steep incline but otherwise it was pretty easy. Getting down to the beach waters edge also could be a bit difficult if you are not accustomed to hiking as it has a steep hill down or at the path we chose did. I did not use a map so there could have been a much easier path. Overall we throughly enjoyed our hike and the view we had of Lake Michigan was well worth the hike. Nice parking area and my husband and I felt safe.
Written May 5, 2022
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Lauren S
Royal Oak, MI12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
This was an incredible hike through West Michigan forest, dunes, and shoreline. We did the South loop, and our hike ended up being about 6.5 miles - although we did tack on some extra mileage at the beach. There were lots of other (shorter) trails and loops if you're not looking for that long of a hike. Overall, it was just so beautiful - we went at the perfect time to see all the fall colors. It rained lightly throughout the hike, but that just made it more magical with the sound of raindrops on the tree canopy overhead.
Written October 27, 2020
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lithlith
Michigan885 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Saugatuck Dunes State Park is lovely. There are several hiking trails and nice beach!
The shortest and easiest trail is the Beach Trail which is mainly through the woods to the beach. It is well marked from the parking lot area. We have also hiked the North trail, which is longer and more difficult with more hiking through sand dunes, but you can also reach the beach from that trail. Outhouses are located in the parking lot/picnic area only.
Written October 2, 2022
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MI_BRDNRD
Michigan320 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We love Sleeping Bear dunes but hate how far away it is from us. After doing some research, I found Saugatuck Dunes which is only 2 hours from us. We planned a day trip and absolutely loved our visit. We had lunch on the beach and even made friends with a Ring-billed Gull that we named Benny. I feel like this State Park is a hidden gem because there weren’t a ton of people there. Our favorite part of this state park is that you have the best of both worlds: hiking in the woods and walking along the Lake Michigan shoreline. The trails are well kept, clean and everyone we passed was friendly. There are numerous trails to explore with the Beach Trail (yellow marker) being the easiest and fastest to the shore. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and will definitely be back!
Written October 8, 2023
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csul17
Indianapolis, IN110 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
This park is so nice! The parking area is just a sandy lot and it does fill up rather quickly, even in the winter. The park has a few different trails, most are short and lead to the beach. The trail map is a bit confusing and there are many more forks in the park than are present on the map. Definitely take a pic of the map before you begin your adventure! Great for dogs and the trails are nice and wide.
Written January 11, 2021
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Amos6022
Bettendorf, IA580 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
I shouldn’t be giving a review because that just means I am sharing my secret of favorite places to visit. I know Oval Beach gets all the hype and it is a lovely beach but the dunes state park offers a great hike through the forest and has these amazing tall dunes right into the lake. The beaches are more remote and less touristy and just much more amazing! We continue to come back year after year.
Written July 23, 2021
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Beverly D
Morris Plains, NJ247 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
The beach is located about 4 miles from Saugatuck and the nicest beach in the area. The setting is pristine with forests dunes. There are no concessions and only a primitive restroom. The .75 mile trail leading to the beach is sandy in parts beginning with a long incline and the descending toward the beach. The return hike is just the opposite. Lake Michigan was cold but the sun was strong. Very picturesque. We stayed about 3 hours. The hike to and from the beach could be difficult for small children.
Written July 29, 2022
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Trisha417
Birmingham MI10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Great place to bring the family and the dogs. Hiking the trails to the dunes wasn’t too tiring. Beautiful view of Lake Michigan on top of the dunes. The dogs had a ball playing in the sand and one put her feet in the water. Enjoyed it so much that we visited twice during our vacation. Can’t wait to go back!
Written September 27, 2020
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Charles L
Jurong, China35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
There are multiple trails. The map is easy to follow. You can choose how far you want to hike. Plenty to do. We spent a solid 2 hours. We could have made it longer or shorter. Could definitely budget three hours hiking these trails.
Written August 28, 2020
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