By ALEX DOTY
While Ottawa County is known for its beaches and water recreation, there are also plenty of opportunities on dry land for adventurers. Options include places for both bikers and hikers.
1. Hofma Preserve
Situated three miles south of the city of Grand Haven on Sleeper Street, east of 168th Avenue, or accessed from Ferris Street about 1.5 miles east of U.S. 31. The nature trails provide a great location to hike, cross country ski, bird watch, or to bike in the great outdoors.
2. North Ottawa Dunes
Located at 18201 North Shore Drive, Ferrysburg, this area features 513 acres of wooded dunes located just off the Lake Michigan shoreline. There are 10 miles of hiking trail in the area that link North Ottawa Dunes to North Beach Park and P.J. Hoffmaster State Park in Muskegon County.
3. Pigeon Creek Park
Find this 282-acre park at 12524 Stanton St. in West Olive. This park abuts an additional 130 acres of county open space land. There are more than 10 miles of trails winding through old pine plantations, mature deciduous forests and bottomland forests along the Pigeon River. The trail system includes designated trails for hiking, biking and equestrian use.
4. Kitchel-Lindquist Dunes Preserve
Located off of North Shore Drive in Ferrysburg, this site contains bare beach areas along the Grand River to dune forests. Two trails wind through the interdunal area and along the Grand River shoreline. It is undeveloped with few amenities.
5. The Lakeshore Connector Path
This pathway runs along the eastern shore of Lake Michigan between Grand Haven and Holland. There’s a distance of nearly 20 miles that parallels Lakeshore Drive and offers access to beachfront parks along the way.