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Ottawa County Parks & Recreation

  • COVID-19 Parks Updates & Closures
    • Kirk Park Dog Beach is open with limited hours due to high water. Dogs are allowed daily between 7-10 am and 7-10 pm. Outside of theses hours dogs are not permitted anywhere in Kirk Park. Sign up here to receive e-mail alerts related to the Kirk Park Dog Beach.
    • Ottawa Beach Marina is open to transient boaters. Reservations can be made online.
    • The Nature Center at Hemlock Crossing County Park is closed.
    • Indoor reservation facilities are closed; new reservations at these facilities are not being accepted at this time.
    • Picnic shelters and outdoor facilities are available to reserve online.
    • Outdoor nature programs have resumed. Click here to register for a program.

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Upper Macatawa Natural Area

Upper Macatawa Natural Area- 84th Ave Entrance
1300 - 84th Avenue (approx.)
Zeeland, MI 49464

Upper Macatawa Natural Area - 76th Ave Entrance
2171 - 76th Avenue (approx.)
Zeeland, MI 49464

Directions

From US-31, travel east on 16th (Adams) to 84th. Travel north on 84th a half mile to the west entrance. From I-196 to exit 55 and travel east on Byron Road to 76th Avenue. Take 76th south to the east entrance.

Amenities & Activities

  • Single-track mountain bike trails (FYI: these trails close temporarily if conditions are hazardous. Please check this page to see whether they are open before visiting).
  • Hiking and ungroomed cross-country ski trails
  • Paved bike trails
  • Scenic overlook decks
  • Picnic tables
  • Rustic toilets
  • Hunting by special permit. See hunting for details.

Mountain Bike Trail Conditions

The mountain bike closes in the winter and when conditions are unsafe. Check to see if the trail is open and what the conditions are by visiting the Upper Macatawa Cycling Trails Facebook page or miOttawa.org/trails.

Map

Upper Macatawa Natural Area is located in Zeeland Township; this map shows facilities, parking areas, features and trails. The 612-acre property features stunning bridges and is popular among bikers, hikers, runners, and birders. The bike path running through the park connects to Byron Road’s Fred Meijer Kenowa Trail which leads to Kent County on the north side and to the Adams Street’s bike path, which runs to the lakeshore, on the south side. The single-track mountain bike trails are maintained by dedicated volunteers and are some of the best trails in the area. Visitors will find a variety of habitat, including forests, grasslands, and wetlands, that is home to diverse wildlife.

Hours 

March 1 through October 15:  7am to 10pm
October 16 through February 28:  7am to 8pm

Fees

There are no entry fees.

Dog Policy

  • Dogs are required to be leashed (10’ max) and under control at all times.
  • Dogs are not permitted in restrooms, picnic shelters, off-trail, or as posted.
  • Please be aware that archery hunters may be present during the fall.
  • Owners must clean up after their pet and dispose of waste in a trash receptacle.
  • Recognizing that most dogs enjoy running and playing freely, many Ottawa County Open Space Lands allow dogs year-round off leash.

Additional Park Rules