Grand Mere State Park, Stevensville

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#6 of 9 in Outdoors in Berrien County
Grand Mere State Park is a state park in the southwestern part of the U.S. state of Michigan near Stevensville. It is located adjacent to Interstate 94. Protected from Lake Michigan by the dunes to the west, the park has many natural features not found throughout the rest of the state. In 1976 it was designated a National Natural Landmark.The 985acre park is mostly wooded and has three geologically ancient inland lakes, left behind as the glaciers receded during the last ice age. At one time there were five such lakes, but two of the lakes have disappeared as a result of aquatic succession, and the remaining three can be seen to be slowly disappearing today.The dunes protecting the park also create a relatively cool environment that supports plants not normally seen in southern Michigan, some of which are classified as rare, threatened or endangered.The park has almost two miles of sandy beach, which can be reached only on foot by climbing over steep sand dunes. There are many trails for hiking and cross-country skiing, but most are neither posted nor maintained. (Biking on the trails is prohibited.) The trail conditions vary from loose sand to hard packed dirt. There are lots of hills including a large sand dune that was once used for off-road vehicles. Access to the dune by large, four-wheeled vehicles has been blocked with guard rails.Facilities and activitiesSwimmingHikingPicnickingPicnic AreaPicnic ShelterCross-country skiing
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  • Wild Life Area better describes this, trails, beach, dunes are great but there are very little facilities- small picnic, shelter, pit toilets and one paved trail.  more »
  • The parking area is in a densely wooded area on the back side of the dunes and those rustic restrooms are the only options in the park: the hike to the lake is long and really not strenuous until the ...  more »
  • Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, the rolling sand dunes offer a secluded area of trails any time of the year. Though flies can be annoying in the summer months while exploring the trails.  more »

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