Last Updated on June 20, 2021

Michigan is home to many incredible sand dune systems and national parks which are especially popular with trail hikers. There are over 300,000 acres of sand dunes in the state, and most of them are worth a visit. The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore site has some of the most beautiful dunes in North America and attracts thousands dune climbing enthusiasts every year, while the Silver Lake sand dunes and Warren dunes are two of the best spots for sand surfing in Michigan.

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Dune Climb - Sleeping Bear Sand Dune Michigan

Sleeping Bear Dunes – Empire

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is a United States National Lakeshore located along the northwest coast of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan in Leelanau and Benzie counties near Empire, Michigan. The Dune Climb is a main tourist attraction, with people attempting to climb the dune in order to reach a spectacular view of Glen Lake. Unfortunately, sandboarding is not allowed at the Sleeping Bear Dunes.

Access to the park costs $8 for a day pass.

Silver Lake Sand Dunes

Silver Lake Dunes – Mears

Silver Lake State Park is a public recreation area covering 2,936 acres (1,188 ha) that border Lake Michigan and Silver Lake, four miles (6.4 km) west of Mears in Oceana County, Michigan. It is a popular spot for hiking, camping, sand duning and sandboarding.

Read more: Sandboarding at Silver Lake State Park

Warren Dunes State Park

Warren Dunes State Park – Sawyer

Warren Dunes State Park is a 1,952-acre (7.90 km2) Michigan state park, located along the eastern shore of Lake Michigan in Berrien County. The park’s large sand dunes and lakeshore beaches make it one of the most popular of Michigan’s state parks with an average of about one million visitors annually. It is a popular destination for adventure sport seekers thanks to the easy access to its dunes.

Read more: Sandboarding at Warren Dunes

Saugatuck Dunes State Park

Saugatuck Dunes – Saugatuck

Saugatuck Dunes State Park is a public recreation area covering 1,000 acres (400 ha) on the shore of Lake Michigan between Saugatuck and Holland in Allegan County, Michigan.

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Grand Sable Banks and Dunes – Munising

The dunes are an example of what is known as a perched dune system, which are dunes formed atop an existing bluff (the Grand Sable Banks). The best place to view the Grand Sable Dunes is from the trail that begins at the west end of the Sable Falls parking area. This trail leads through an old field, then crosses a bridge over Sable Creek. It then ventures into the forest and dunes transition area for approximately 1/4 mile. Wayside exhibits are located along the trail.

Arcadia Dunes

Arcadia Dunes – Arcadia

Part of the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy, Arcadia Dunes, GTRLC’s largest preserve, includes over 15 miles of trail to explore dunes, forests and many other landscapes. 

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