Most Michiganders have their own favorite beach in Michigan. If you were to ask a Yooper which Michigan beach is their favorite, they'd probably say somewhere along Lake Superior. A person living in Northern Michigan might recommend a beach by the Sleeping Bear Dunes or a spot near Traverse City. A Detroiter might suggest a soft spot in the thumb or Mackinaw.

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I have found that my favorite place to enjoy Lake Michigan is at PJ Hoffmaster State Park. It offers the beach, hiking trails, and sand dunes. It has a picnic area and lots of trees from which to hang a hammock. The drive is a quick 25 minutes from GR.

I'm not alone in the assessment.  Amplifyoutside agrees.

@amplifyoutsideLet’s take a day trip (or date ) to PJ Hoffmaster! . ##michigan##puremichigan##detroit##grandrapids##outdoorafro##blackoutdoors##hiketok♬ Say My Name (feat. Zyra) - ODESZA

Dean King commented,

"West Michigan is the countries hidden gem. PJH is one of the best."

Lisa said,

"I'm going to have to give it a try."

P.J. Hoffmaster State Park features over three miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, towering Lake Michigan dunes. One of the main attractions at Hoffmaster State Park is the Dune Climb Stairway leading to the top of a high sand dune where an observation deck offers a panoramic view of the dunes and Lake Michigan.

Jojo Girard

 

It's also a great place to fly a kite!

@caseydaniels616Look at her go! ##lakemichigan ##michigan ##summervibes ##mermaidkite ##kitetime ##catchingwind♬ Fly Away - Tones and I

It's a popular place for good reason. If you visit the park, here is a tip...park in the Gillette Visitor Center Parking lot. I have always been able to find a parking spot and it's a closer trek to the beach. During peak summer days, the beach parking lot fills up. But never the Gillette Visitor Center.

@caseydaniels616##lakemichigan ##sandunes ##pjhoffmaster ##hangingaround ##hammock ##westmichigan ♬ Hit It - Yung Skrrt

Now that you know this, I'm depending on you to keep it on the down low. I'll never share my perfect hammock location though!

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