When things get busy in Grand Haven during the summer, you may want to escape to nearby Muskegon for a hike or bike ride along the lakeshore. One trail that hikers and bikers should explore is the Lakeshore Trail — it is 12 miles long and offers amazing views of Muskegon Lake and Lake Michigan. Hikers and bikers will get to walk or bike through the middle of the Muskegon Lake Nature Preserve. Best of all, the path is paved so it is great for hikers and bikers of all experience levels. The path has very few changes in elevation, so it is a perfect path for everyone.
PERE MARQUETTE BEACH
One of the most popular stops along the trail is Pere Marquette Beach. If you are hungry after a long hike, consider stopping at the Deck, a popular restaurant located right on the beach overlooking Lake Michigan. Also nearby is another popular restaurant, Dockers. Both places offer great food and a relaxed atmosphere.
Another great area to stop for a break along on your walk is the Lakeside area. The Lakeshore Trail winds through Lakeside and passes the dock where the Lake Express Car ferry is located. The Lakeside area is home to a wonderful candy store, Lakeside Emporium, several restaurants, and multiple marinas. The Lakeside area is a wonderful place to stop and take a break while enjoying a long walk or bike ride.
Downtown Muskegon is another wonderful stop along the Lakeshore Trail. There are several breweries and new restaurants. The downtown area is a hidden gem that isn’t often talked about. You can easily walk the sidewalks and visit many of the local shops without going far from the Lakeshore Trail.
This trail is a great hike or bike ride for the entire family — the little shops and places to see will keep kids entertained during breaks from walking or pedaling. Best of all, there are plenty of places to park along the trail so you can hike or bike the entire trail or just a few miles of it. Many people start the hike at Pere Marquette Beach, while others use the parking lot near the causeway in North Muskegon, near the Rite Aid store on Lake Street.
Over the last twenty years, I have hiked this path dozens of times and each time it provides plenty of exercise and great wildlife viewing. The trail also offers plenty of locations for fishing — it is not uncommon to encounter anglers who are fishing the Muskegon River or Muskegon Lake. Anyone who enjoys being outside and near the lake will enjoy the easy walk the Lakeshore Trail provides.
Take A Hike At P.J. Hoffmaster State Park
For those looking for a great place to hike or camp that is close by, check out P.J. Hoffmaster park in Muskegon. This state park is only about 20 minutes from Grand Haven and offers some great hiking trails and a wonderful campground.