When you live in a state like Michigan where the winters are long and the summers are short, you have to make the best of what time you have. Yesterday, was a hot sunny day perfect for a day trip.
After having done my fair share of exploring in Michigan, my friend and I wanted to go somewhere new but not too far. So we headed to the west side of the state which is a 2 1/2 hour trip from my location. I think everyone had the same idea as many of the beaches were packed.
Luckily, where we decided to go was full but not overly crowded. We arrived at the Saugatuck Dunes State Park. The park is a 1,120 acre Michigan state park. It is located on Lake Michigan between Saugatuck and Holland in Allegan County, Michigan. The parking lot was full so we had to park on the outside and walk which wasn’t bad at all.
There are two trails at the park one marked north and the other beach. We chose the north as we figured we’d get the view from the top and less people were walking towards the north. It was about a mile or two hike with sand getting in our toes as we got closer to the end. The trail led us to a steep hill of sand. Once we climbed over it opened up to a breathtaking view of Lake Michigan. Simply amazing.
As we continued it led us towards the beach were you could feel the wonderful breeze and hear the waves of the lake crashing into the shore. There was a good amount of people and boats enjoying the afternoon. It was very clean and there was a good amount of areas on the beach were you could enjoy some alone time with out too many people around. We laid out our towels and relaxed for a few hours. Overall a great place to go if you don’t mind the hike.
If you’ve never been to Michigan do consider visiting its full of lots of great state parks and natural beauty.