2021 construction has wrapped up! Trail work started at the north end of Brower Park and we worked our way through segments 5, 6, and a portion of 7. A new parking lot has just opened in Brower Park for Dragon Trail users. Be sure you have a parking pass, see the park entrance for details.
Segments 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, and 11 are fully complete. If you are headed to segments 8 – 11, which form one continuous trail from Hardy Dam all the way to Big Bend Park, you have a few parking options. Parking is available at the Hardy Marina trailhead (park in one of the two south lots across from the marina), at Big Bend, or in Sandy Beach County Park. Be sure that you have a valid Newaygo County motor vehicle permit for any of these lots. If you are headed to the continuous trail in Mecosta County, you can park at Brower Park or at Davis Bridge Park.
The trail is open year-round, and trailheads are open for parking. You can use your annual parks pass or utilize the daily payment systems at each trailhead.
The trail is bordered by several private properties and roadways, please stay on the trail at all times.
Lastly, a portion of segment 2 is open in Newaygo State Park. A Recreational Passport is required for entrance into the park. The trail begins at the boat launch parking lot driveway and goes approximately one-half mile in each direction. See the fourth map below.
Michigan’s Dragon at Hardy Dam
The Dragon Trail is Managed by these organizations:
4684 Evergreen Drive Newaygo, MI 49337 (231) 689-7340
22250 Northland Drive Paris, MI 49338 (231) 832-3246
West Michigan Mountain Biking Alliance (WMMBA)
This public recreation facility is part of a Consumers Energy hydroelectric dam project licensed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. It is open to all members of the public without discrimination