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Muskegon State Park

Hike over scenic dunes, paddle in the lake or go wild for winter adventure sports at this beloved nature park.

Muskegon State Park is a local favorite for beachside camping, scenic hiking and winter sports. Enjoy its expansive greenery, which measures over 1,200 acres (500 hectares) and overlooks both Lake Michigan and Muskegon Lake. With numerous trails and facilities for a vast range of outdoor activities, this park offers plenty of charm and stimulation.

Take your time to explore the dunes, ponds, forests and fields of the parklands. Follow 12 miles (19 kilometers) of marked hiking trails across the landscape, a dynamic expanse of sand nestled between two lakes. 

If you are feeling ambitious, try the Dune Ridge Trail, which loops for 4 miles (6 kilometers) through some of the park’s most scenic features. At Devil’s Kitchen, a marshy bay by the Snug Harbor day-use area, onrushing wind can sometimes swirl the mist up off the water, creating an impression of an evil potion being brewed by somebody sinister.

On the Lake Michigan side, look for a replica historic fort blockhouse overlooking the water and dunes. Head to the shore for a chance to swim at a clean accessible beach. Dogs are allowed on the beach, a boon for your four-legged friend. In warmer weather, take advantage of the fishing piers and the boat launch.

In the cooler months, however, winter sports reign supreme. Ski over 5 miles (8 kilometers) of lighted trails for all levels of cross-country skiers. Try something quite different, the luge in the Winter Sports Complex. Alternatively, simply enjoy the atmospheric mix of sand, snow and ice by the shores of a lake.

Get a deeper appreciation of the atmosphere and scenery by camping at one of the park’s campgrounds. Over 200 modern and semi-modern campsites are available, as are a couple of mini-cabins. Book in advance to ensure your spot.

Muskegon State Park is located 4 miles (6 kilometers) west of North Muskegon. Pick up trail maps online or at the park and campground offices. Restrooms are available within the park, as are other day-use facilities. Purchase an annual or day-use pass for entry.


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Shoreline Inn & Conference C, Ascend Hotel Collection $118
Shoreline Inn & Conference C, Ascend Hotel Collection

Shoreline Inn & Conference C, Ascend Hotel Collection

750 Terrace Point Blvd, Muskegon, MI
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated on the boardwalk, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts, Muskegon Museum of Art, and USS LST 393. Hackley and Hume Historic Site and Lake Express Ferry Terminal are also within 3 mi (5 km).

    Surrounded by Several Beaches, Places to Dine and Cedar Fair Amusement Park
    Surrounded by Several Beaches, Places to Dine and Cedar Fair Amusement Park

    Surrounded by Several Beaches, Places to Dine and Cedar Fair Amusement Park

    Muskegon, MI
       
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated by the ocean, this vacation home is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Muskegon State Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Muskegon Winter Sports Complex and Lake Michigan. Michigan's Adventure and Muskegon Museum of Art are also within 9 mi (15 km).

      Complete two Bedroom Unit on Lake Michigan
      Complete two Bedroom Unit on Lake Michigan

      Complete two Bedroom Unit on Lake Michigan

      Muskegon, MI
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Muskegon, this vacation home is within a 10-minute walk of Lake Michigan and Muskegon Winter Sports Complex. Muskegon State Park is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) away.

        Eagles Nest Carriage House In Bluffton On The Lake Mi Back Dune
        Eagles Nest Carriage House In Bluffton On The Lake Mi Back Dune

        Eagles Nest Carriage House In Bluffton On The Lake Mi Back Dune

        Muskegon, MI
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Beachwood-Bluffton, this historic guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of Pere Marquette Park Beach and Lake Michigan. USS Silversides and Harbour Towne Beach are also within 2 mi (3 km).

          Spacious House in a Great Location, Bluffton, Muskegon
          Spacious House in a Great Location, Bluffton, Muskegon

          Spacious House in a Great Location, Bluffton, Muskegon

          Muskegon, MI
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Beachwood-Bluffton, this vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Pere Marquette Park Beach and Lake Michigan. USS Silversides and Harbour Towne Beach are also within 2 mi (3 km).

            Charming Redbird Cottage- On A Back Dune, Walk To The Beach
            Charming Redbird Cottage- On A Back Dune, Walk To The Beach

            Charming Redbird Cottage- On A Back Dune, Walk To The Beach

            Muskegon, MI
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Beachwood-Bluffton, this family-friendly Muskegon vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Pere Marquette Park Beach and Lake Michigan. Harbour Towne Beach and USS Silversides are also within 2 mi (3 km).

              Cozy Cottage Close to the Lake w/ Shopping & Restaurants Nearby!
              Cozy Cottage Close to the Lake w/ Shopping & Restaurants Nearby!

              Cozy Cottage Close to the Lake w/ Shopping & Restaurants Nearby!

              Muskegon, MI
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Beachwood-Bluffton, this vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Pere Marquette Park Beach and Lake Michigan. USS Silversides and Harbour Towne Beach are also within 2 mi (3 km).

                Plum Hollow Cottage Near Pere Marquette Park and Lake Michigan
                Plum Hollow Cottage Near Pere Marquette Park and Lake Michigan

                Plum Hollow Cottage Near Pere Marquette Park and Lake Michigan

                Muskegon, MI
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Beachwood-Bluffton, this vacation home is within a 10-minute walk of Pere Marquette Park Beach and Lake Michigan. USS Silversides and Harbour Towne Beach are also within 2 mi (3 km).