Hardy Dam Rustic Trail

Why it’s great for the first time hiker…

Most of the trail is in a wooded environment, which protects you from the sun of those hot summer days. The trail goes along the Muskegon River, which hikers can watch boats and jet skis go up and down the river. The hike is not too strenuous. The hike takes you right by the Hardy Dam (listed under the National Register of Historic Places) which at one time was the largest dam east of the Mississippi.

Best segment(s) for a 1 hour or less hike

The entire segment (one-way) can be completed in under an hour.

Trail Description

The Hardy Dam Rustic Nature Trail is a joint project between the Boy Scouts of America and the Consumers Energy employees. The hike is three miles all together. The trail goes along the Muskegon River and is right near the Hardy Dam. Also 26 species of trees are indentified along the trail, identified with posts so be sure to pick up your trail guide by the trailhead. For the most part the trail is in the woods. To get to the actually beginning of the trail, one must start walking on part of the Hardy Dam until they come upon a fence. Once you go through the fence, you must go down a hill, which could be hard for some. You will walk down the Consumers Energy Company Road, until it takes you into the forested area of the trail.

Difficulty: Beginner

Trail Amenities/Quick Look:

  • Parking Lot
  • Trail Markers
  • Access to the Hardy Dam Pond

Trailhead Locations

Hardy Dam Rustic Nature Trail


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