The Insider's Guide to Warren Dunes State Park in Sawyer, MI

Warren Dunes State Park is minutes away from your Sawyer Bed and Breakfast. Warren Dunes State Park is the largest park in Michigan. Your insider's guide to this park takes you to the best and most interesting sites within it. Whether you visit in the summer or plan your trip in the winter, you'll find much to do at the Warren Dunes State Park.

Warren Dunes State Park
12032 Red Arrow Hwy
Sawyer, MI 49125
(800) 447-2757
www.michigandnr.com/parksandtrails/

The park has almost 2,000 acres of land to explore all year round. You can hike, nature watch or just spend a leisurely day at its beaches. Hiking is possible on any of the nine trails. Most are short scenic trails that aren't too hard to follow. Others, like the Yellow Birch Loop, are more difficult to take on. Cross-country skiing is available on almost all of the trails. Of the nine trails, the Cross-country Ski Trail is the only one designated for just skiing.

If you're a more adventurous traveler, make your way to the highest dunes for hang gliding. However, if you enjoy more leisurely activities, relax along the three-mile shoreline. The comfortable beaches are perfect for sunbathing or picnicking. Warren Dunes is one amenity in Sawyer that you can't miss. Contact the visitor center for maps, directions or questions.

Warren Woods State Park
W Elm Valley Rd
Three Oaks, MI 49128
(269) 426-4013

Warren Woods State Park is managed by Warren Dunes State Park. This park is located south of Sawyer in nearby Three Oaks. Although it's a much smaller state park, you can hike or see the sights along its trails. The abundance of forest makes Warren Woods State Park a national landmark. Birdwatching is popular at this state park as well. Certain species of woodpecker are often seen in the forest. You can visit this park by contacting the visitor center when you arrive at your Sawyer Inn accommodations.

Grand Mere State Park
Thornton Dr
Stevensville, MI 49127
(269) 426-4013
www.dnr.state.mi.us/parksandtrails/

About 20 to 25 minutes from Sawyer is the Grand Mere State Park. This beautiful park is located north of Warren Dunes State Park. It's slightly smaller but provides several trails, which are used for cross-country skiing in the winter and hiking during the summer and spring months. Due to steep dunes, you should be in physically good shape. Climbing the dunes may provide a challenge at certain points.

Beach activities are available along the one-mile coastline. Swimming or relaxing in the sun are popular activities at the beach. If you choose to swim, be aware of rocks. They are sometimes found in the water's shore.

Also keep in mind that dogs are allowed at Grand Mere. This is ideal if you have a pet of your own. If you don't have a dog,  owners are to keep their pets on leashes so that others aren't disturbed.

Some visitors have noted sand flies. You should be aware of these nuisance flies and bring an insect repellent just in case.