Michigan’s Dragon at Hardy Dam

Newaygo County Parks and Recreation Commission
  • 4684 Evergreen Drive (M-37)
    Newaygo, MI 49337
  • (231) 689-7340
    (231) 689-7341

Michigan’s Dragon at Hardy Dam is a linear Newaygo County Park jointly managed by the Newaygo and Mecosta County Park Commissions and the West Michigan Mountain Biking Alliance. The first 29+ miles are opened to the public, with the final miles of trail to be completed in 2024. Check out the official Dragon Trail website for detailed information about the project. Please check the Dragon Trail’s Official Facebook Page for current trail conditions. For detailed information on what sections are open and where to access them, check the Trail Conditions tab on the Dragon web.

The Dragon Trail runs through Sandy Beach County Park, which offers camping and day-use amenities. Also, Sandy Beach County Park serves as the main year-round trailhead for the Dragon on Trail Segments 9 and 10. Additional parking can be found at Hardy Dam County Marina in the southeast parking lot next to Hardy Dam. A Newaygo County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit is required to park at both locations and can be purchased at the self-registration stations or from Park Staff when available.