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Hoffmaster State Park
Hoffmaster State Park
HOFFMASTER STATE PARK
HOFFMASTER STATE PARK
6585 Lake Harbor Road
Muskegon, Michigan   49441

Phone: 231-798-3711
Reservations: 800-447-2757
1,100 acres of forest covered sand dunes along three miles of Lake Michigan sandy beach. Located in a wooded valley are 293 shaded campsites, picnicking, swimming, ten miles of hiking trails, snowshoeing. A marked three mile cross-country trail requiring intermediate skill is available. The Gillette Visitor Center provides interpretations of dune ecology. Metal detecting area.
Camping
Hoffmaster-Group Use Area(231) 798-3711 2 site(s), Contact the ParkGroup Use Area, Rustic Site, Vault Toilet

Hoffmaster-Modern(800) 447-2757 293 site(s)Campsites with 50 amp Service, Electrical Service, Modern Restrooms, Playground
Visitors Center
E Genevieve Gillette Sand Dune Visitor Center This beautiful facility, facing a towering sand dune, is recognized as one of the top attractions in the Midwest. The center has a variety of programs to help visitors enjoy and understand the unique environment of the sand dunes of the Great Lakes. The center features an exhibit hall depicting the ecological zones of the unique dune environment. Multimedia presentations on the dunes and seasonal nature subjects are shown in an 82-seat auditorium. Seasonal exhibits also are featured. The center is open daily, except Mondays, from Memorial Day to November 1. It is closed from December 1 to January 15. During November and from January 15 to Memorial Day, the center is open Tuesday through Saturday and closed on Sundays and Mondays. For hours and more information call 231-798-3573.
Events
June 30
Lunch For A Bear
Learn all about bears and make your own puppet.
June 30
Arrows Away
Learn the art of archery and have a chance to hit the target! Pre-registration is required and can be completed by calling the Visitor Center at 231-798-3573. Participants must be 9years old and able to hold the bow in an upright position with one hand.
July 1
Bats, Bats, Bats
See a great movie and make your own bat glider!
July 1
Terrific Turtles
Learn all about turtles and meet some of our resident species.


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Picnicking
Fire pits/grills available. The picnic shelter is reservable, for more information contact the park.
Cross-country Skiing
A marked three-mile trail is available for this winter activity.
Trails
With more than 10 miles of trails, the casual hiker or the serious student of nature will find a variety of interesting natural features. Upland, shoreline and aquatic birds are abundant. Hawks soar on the air currents of the dunes when winds are from the east. A main attraction is the Dune Climb Stairway leading to the top of a high sand dune. There, an observation deck offers a panoramic view of the dunes and Lake Michigan.

Hofflmaster-Walk-a-MileTrail Length: 1.00 (Miles)Hiking

Hoffmaster-Dune OverlookTrail Length: 1.00 (Miles)Hiking

Hoffmaster-Homestead TrailTrail Length: 3.00 (Miles)Cross Country Ski, Hiking
Nature Programs
Throughout the year, the visitor center offers lectures, guided hikes and special events. Program information is available from the center. Schools may take advantage of visitor center programs during the school year. A classroom, complete with seasonal teaching displays, is available. Orientation programs are offered to first-time groups. Environmental topics are taught by the visitor center staff on a limited basis. Classes include a guided outdoor experience. Groups are limited to 35 students.
Area Attractions
P.J. Hoffmaster State Park features forest-covered dunes along nearly three miles of Lake Michigan shore. Its sandy beach is one of the finest anywhere. A focal point of the park is the Gillette Visitor Center.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
January 7 Crowded RV suburb. by from Chicago
It is comfortable and an okay place to stay for a few nights, especially with kids. A loud park in the summer due to big, packed-in crowds at campground. Big sites for tent campers like me. The beach is nice.


Area Campgrounds
Duck Creek RV Resort
1155 W Riley Thompson Road
Muskegon, MI
231-766-3646
Muskegon KOA
3500 North Strand Road
Muskegon, MI
231-766-3900