7 Places to Hike in Southwest Michigan

If you’re wondering where the best places to hike in Southwest Michigan are, then keep reading. These 7 best places to hike are all located within 30 minutes of our Castle in the Country Bed and Breakfast.

In fact, we’re within a 30-minute scenic drive from some stunningly scenic trails! When you book an overnight getaway with us you’ll find plenty of on-site outdoor recreation options. We also offer many on-site opportunities to relax afterward, including massages, jetted tubs, and cozy fireplaces.

We always like to mention the number one rule of hiking — Leave No Trace. We appreciate it when guests do their best to preserve Michigan’s natural beauty pristine and trash-free.

Here’s our list of the best hiking in Southern Michigan.

#1 Allegan State Game Area

Only 20 minutes from the inn, you will find a peaceful area that features 50,000 acres of Oak pine barrens and wetlands, plus 20+ miles of hiking trails. Take along this helpful hiking map and choose your route.

You will also have the chance to view wildlife at this beautifully natural site! Keep your eyes peeled and have your camera ready!

#2 Saugatuck Dunes State Park

If hiking near the great Lake Michigan is more your style, then head to Saugatuck Dunes State Park. This park boasts 2.5 miles of pristine shoreline and 200 ft. tall sand dunes! If you love birdwatching, then you’ll enjoy the jaunt even more.

#3 Oval Beach

Rated one of the top five beaches in the world, visit Oval Beach for a refreshing stroll on the sandy shores of Lake Michigan. This is Southern Michigan hiking at its best. It’s also a wonderful way to end a day of hiking. Bring along your swimsuits, beach towels and umbrella. Swim in clear, blue water and then watch the sun slip behind the seemingly endless stretch of Lake Michigan.

curving shoreline of lake michigan at holland state park

#4 Holland State Park

On the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan, Holland State Park offers 3 easy hiking trails that both casual walkers and avid hikers will enjoy. The park’s extensive trail system meanders through diverse landscapes, from sandy beaches to lush forests, providing a picturesque setting for outdoor enthusiasts. For a breathtaking view of Lake Michigan and Big Red, take the boardwalk and climb the stairs of Mt. Pisgah Holland Harbor Lighthouse. Once you’ve climbed the 239 steps to the top, you’ll have panoramic vistas that make the effort worthwhile, especially in the fall with the vibrant foliage.

Additionally, you can stroll along the beach and listen to the soothing waves. If walking in a wooded area is more your style, Holland State Park provides trails that meander through our natural flora and fauna

All the trails are well-maintained and clearly marked for easy access and enjoyment. Parking is available—just keep in mind that seasonal fees may be required.

#5 Kal-Haven Trail State Park

The Kal-Haven Trail State Park stretches over 33 miles between Kalamazoo and South Haven, MI. Situated on an abandoned 19th-century railroad, this converted limestone rail-to-trail rambles through beautiful wooded areas, charming farmlands, and bubbling streams and rivers. Hikers may encounter bikers during the warmer months, and cross-country skiers and snowmobilers during the winter.

The Kal-Haven Trail has also been recognized as a heritage trail. Download this trail app ahead of time, and as you hike, you’ll be notified about 31 natural and cultural historic points that also feature exhibit panels.


#6 Van Buren State Park – South Haven, MI

Connected to the Kal-Haven Trail above, Van Buren State Park Trail adds another 14 miles of trail to hike. This Southwest Michigan hiking trail also runs along a former railroad track connecting Hartford to South Haven.

You’ll gladly encounter open farmland, blueberry fields, and wooded areas featuring pine and hardwood trees. Keep an eye out for native wildlife, such as deer, foxes, and eagles. A 2-mile stretch of the trail is paved, while the remaining 12 miles are gravel, grass, or sand.

#7 Castle in the Country Bed & Breakfast

Last but certainly not least on our list of the best places to hike in Southwest Michigan is our 65-acre property in Allegan’s countryside. We’re happy to boast about our own hiking trails, as our guests love walking from their rooms to secluded trails brimming with wildlife.

After a day of hiking and sightseeing, you may want to try one of our local outdoor dining spots. Some are on the water, others offer amazing pub options, and a fantastic sushi restaurant.

Upon your return to the Castle, unwind for the evening around our outdoor fireplace far from city lights and sounds. Take in the star-studded night sky. Breathe in the evening air. Or retire to your luxurious guest room or suite to cuddle up in front of your own fireplace.

Our guests return again and again for an unforgettable romantic getaway that blends nature’s bounty with unlimited R&R (romance and relaxation).

We can’t wait until you book your stay with us!

Cozy guest room with light blue walls, two upholstered chairs in front of a gas fireplace