Saugatuck Dunes State Park

Saugatuck Dunes State Park, Holland: Address, Saugatuck Dunes State Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Saugatuck Dunes State Park
4.5
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The park's 850 acres include a beach, dunes and cross-country ski trails.
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loretta8315
Conover, NC255 contributions
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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TripPhotographer52
Cincinnati, OH1,739 contributions
Sep 2020
I liked the hike through the woods before you got to the dunes better than the dunes and beach area. The hike through the woods was very tranquil with very few people with many mature trees. We walked along the beach shoreline, but the lake water has been rising for the past few years, resulting in signifiant erosion of the beach, I was informed. The beach erosion is unfortunate, as it is a very pleasant.
Written September 26, 2020
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Cassie M
Beavercreek, OH31 contributions
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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Lauren O
Rochester Hills, MI11 contributions
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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csul17
Indianapolis, IN109 contributions
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, IA569 contributions
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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Trisha417
Birmingham MI10 contributions
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, China31 contributions
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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George614
Clinton Township, MI15 contributions
Jul 2018 • Family
We drove to the Saugatuck / Holland area, looking to spend time on Lake Michigan. We did not know what to expect at the Saugatuck State Park, but when we got there, the parking area was pretty full, we were not sure what trail to walk but we picked, I believe the 2 mile one, not the one going directly to the beach - I think that was .6 - I did not want to be over crowded - the 2 mile walk was worth it - when we got to Lake Michigan there were very few people down there and we got to spend time in the water and enjoying the view / water / sand - I would recommend the Saugatuck State Park and yes, its worth the walk if you are just going to enjoy the water and the view. Again we did the 2 mile walk to the water and not the beach trail. Have a safe / good trip if you go.
Written August 16, 2018
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Horntraveler56
Zeeland, MI6 contributions
Mar 2013 • Solo
We live close to Saugatuck and I have enjoyed hiking here for many years. If you want an off the beaten track hike and a beach that is remote and fairly unspoiled, this is the place! But beware - you will have at least a 20 minute hike from the parking lot to the beach if thats what you're going for. For me that's the charm, as the hike isn't that difficult and its a beautiful area. But if you're not prepared, its not a good thing. Plus there are only pit toilets and no other facilities, no food, dressing room, etc.

It is a state park, so you will need a sticker or pay the entrance fee. During the busiest times in the summer it is manned, but my experience has been there's usually not an attendant there. In that case they have an honor system box for you to place your money.

But there's one BIG WARNING: NO LIFEGUARDS! NO UNDERTOW FLAGS (although they might have added those due to many drownings along the shoreline in the last couple years). The undertow can be vicious, and you can't always know how bad it is. PLEASE parents, don't let your kids of any age swim without watching them constantly! And if its got really big waves and a red flag DON"T TAKE A CHANCE! Your kids are more precious than an excellent body surfing day.

Its primitive, which defines the place; either you like that or you don't. But there are several hiking trails if you're not swimming too. And they are so nice! A few hills, but not too bad. Its a rare site to see Lake Michigan shoreline in its natural state. I particularly like the north trails, but really you could wander in and around the park, as well as along the beach, for hours. Its never real crowded, especially off season. And by the way, wintertime can be the best time to go! Hiking there is a four season activity.

One last note; the area in and around there has been sold to development, so I am not sure what that will do to this park. I believe it only affects the shoreline farther north by Oval Beach (another nationally recognized, more developed beach that is spectacular!) I understand the need for development, but I do hope they leave a good portion here alone in its natural state. Its one of the last untouched areas on Lake Michigan, and its truly worth a trip to the area to see and experience it!
Written March 25, 2013
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