WEST MICHIGAN WINTER ACTIVITIES
Instead of staying inside this year, try something new and take in the magic of a Michigan Winter on a pair of snowshoes. Last winter we received snowshoes as a family gift, and we were all very excited to explore all the trails Michigan has to offer with a snow-covered view.
I parented with My Michigan Beach to provide content on my take on snowshoeing from a family perspective.
Here are some of my favorite places to try:
Saugatuck State Park located in Saugatuck, MI. The beach trail offers a 1.5-mile round trip that starts through the forest and ends at the top of the dune overlooking Lake Michigan. Take a small break and enjoy the view of Lake Michigan and possible Ice Bergs forming on the lakeshores edge.
Pigeon Creek Park Or Hemlock Crossings located in West Olive, MI. This Park has great loops to take in the forest terrain making your snowshoe trail as long or shorter if needed. This Park also offers snowshoe rentals, a lodge for refreshments, as well as a sledding hill if you’re looking to take full advantage of a snowy day.
Upper Macatawa Natural Area located in Zeeland, MI. This is one of Ottawa County’s largest parks creating lots of room for trails. Follow the Dutchman’s Creek over the bridge into the wetlands and through the forest to enjoy the serene views of the many different landscapes.
Riley Trails located in Holland, Michigan. This is a large forested area with many trails to explore along with a small lake to view. I love the trees in this park as they are all so different.
Ludington State Park located in Ludington, MI. This park has a little bit of everything from sand dunes, miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, over 20 miles of trails and endless activities in every season. With the short days the winter brings the park offers Lantern Lit snowshoeing in January and February.
Pro Tip: Bring some Hot Cocoa for the kids to enjoy halfway through
How fun is it to see the smile on your child's face as they are speeding down a snowy covered hill!
Holland Sledding Hills:
Van Raalte Farm Park
A few different entrances to this park.
For sledding park off the 24th St entrance and the hill will be right there.
This park also offers hiking/walking trails!
Ottawa County Park Located in West Olive
DONUTS AND HIKES
Pick up some donuts and hot cocoa.
Head to your favorite trail.
Kids will love sitting in the woods, in their snow pants eating delicious donuts.
Our favorite donut stop is Deboer Bakery in Holland. They have 2 locations!
The snow makes a perfect way to match tracks. We love "On the Natural Trail" book. We take this along and find all the tracks and learn about what animals are in the area!
If this kids are tired of walking, just stop along the trail and gather supplies to make a nature snowman!
Gather anything around you that will work!
The kids will love it and give them a little break from walking!
With the current situation we have all learned to adapt the best we can.
Sick of cooking, head to a local restaurant to support who is offering outdoor seating.
The kids will think that sitting outside or in an igloo is the coolest thing!