Orchard Beach State Park Trail

This trail is good for Hiking XC Skiing

  • Length: 2.78 mi
  • Surface: Steps, Woodchip, Dirt, Turf
  • Organization: Michigan DNR
  • Trail Website: michigandnr.com

Orchard Beach State Park is situated on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan. A stairway leads from the campground to the beach and self-guided hiking trails are adjacent to the park. We have 166 campsites, one mini cabin, two paved handicap sites, two rest room and shower buildings, and a large shelter building sitting atop the bluff which is available for rent for reunions, meeting, etc. 

The half mile Algonac-Blazing Star trail is great for a short hike and can be combined with the 2.5 mile Orchard Beach-Nature Trail loops for a longer hike or for cross country skiing. Visitors can enjoy viewing the blazing star prairie across from the archery range. At the beginning of the second loop you will notice a cluster of Sassafras trees. A small tree of the laurel family, the Sassafras has the distinction of having an aromatic bark, leaves with usually two or three fingerlike lobes and small bluish fruits. The southern loops are mostly open land with some wooded areas.

For more information about visiting Orchard Beach State Park, please visit the MDNR website.

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  • Trail Head
  • Historical Site
  • Beach
  • Natural Feature
  • Campground
  • Park
  • Cultural Interest
  • Scenic View
  • Educational Interest
  • Visitor Center
  • Emergency Care
  • Water Access
  • Fishing
  • Wildlife or Nature Viewing
  • Trail Friendly Business

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