September 2021 is National Wilderness Month, a time to celebrate the American tradition of protecting wild spaces. Here in Norton Shores, we believe in preserving and enjoying the natural beauty of our community. Celebrate National Wilderness Month by getting out into nature right here in Norton Shores.
Hoffmaster State Park
P.J. Hoffmaster State Park covers over three miles of Lake Michigan shoreline. Ten miles of hiking and skiing trails ensure visitors can enjoy stunning views of the Lake year-round. The main attraction at Hoffmaster is the Dune Overlook Trail, with a 220-step stair climb making up part of the approximately half-mile loop.
Lake Harbor Park
Located on Lake Harbor Road, Lake Harbor Park encompasses 189 acres with 4,000 feet of Lake Michigan shoreline, 2,000 feet along the Mona Lake Channel, and 1,500 feet on Mona Lake. Uniquely, Lake Harbor Park can be accessed on foot or by car, bike, or boat.
Black Lake Park
Black Lake Park is a 58-acre parcel that includes preserved open space and wetlands, making this park an ideal place for nature lovers (particularly those who love birdwatching). Boardwalk nature trails to let hikers get close to the wetlands. In 2019, the City added a kayak launch so visitors can enjoy Black Lake Park from the water.
Ross Park is a 43-acre park located on the southside of Mona Lake. It serves as the home to our summer and fall softball leagues, as well as a newly renovated disc golf course. There is a beach area that has a playground and swimming area. The park also offers a picnic area with shelters and plenty of ball fields.
Norton Shores is a place that prides itself on its access to nature. Residents and visitors are encouraged to take advantage of our many park and outdoor activities this September in celebration of National Wilderness Month.
For more information on Norton Shores parks, visit nortonshoresliving.com/our-nature.