Whether you head along the shoreline of Lake Michigan itself or want to explore the smaller Silver Lake which gives the park its name, there are plenty of hiking trails in the area to can choose from.
While there is no designated path through the stunning sand dunes which lie between Lake Michigan and the Silver Lake, most people tend to walk along the Lake Michigan shore to Sable Point lighthouse, before returning to Silver Lake State Park cabins along the other side of the dunes. There is a lot to explore in the area between these two lakes, so feel free to head off route if you see something interesting!
The Hart-Montague trail is a 22.5-mile paved trail which starts just inland from Silver Lake State Park and follows the route of the old railway line between the towns of Hart in the north and Montague in the south.
Explore Silver Lake itself by taking the paved road which leads from the sand dunes and takes you around the eastern shore of the smaller lake. An easy route for all ages and abilities.
Kids will love exploring the sand dunes and shorelines in Silver Lake State Park, or you can find a spot to relax and enjoy the Lake Michigan scenery.
Silver Lake boasts a pleasant sandy beach on its eastern shore, or you can head for the Lake Michigan shoreline, and find a sheltered spot in the dunes. The beach at Little Sable Point lighthouse is a great spot for a swim.
If you're heading to the beach at Little Sable Point lighthouse on Lake Michigan, then why not take a tour of the 19th century lighthouse, which has great views along the coastline.
Older teenagers will jump at the chance to explore the dunes on an off-road vehicle. You can hire ORVs from local businesses, or if you would rather let someone else do the driving, you can join a dune rides tour.