2021 construction has already begun! Trail work is starting at the north end of Brower Park and we will work 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.
Additionally, we already have 4 trail segments fully open to the public, and 2 segments partially open!
Segments 8, 9, 10, and 11 are complete, and form one continuous trail from Hardy Dam all the way to Big Bend Park. 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.
The trail is bordered by several private properties and roadways, please stay on the trail at all times.
A portion of segment 4 is also open. The Brower Loop, a nearly 1.5 mile section of the trail, was recently completed. You can hop on the Dragon right near the new parking lot for trail users. Brower Park will be accessible throughout the winter. See the third map below.
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