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 will be a 47-mile non-motorized multiuse trail that will propel West Michigan into a premier adventure sports destination providing world-class mountain biking, hiking, running, and winter sports experiences. Building on our region’s reputation for exceptional outdoor recreational attractions, Michigan’s Dragon at Hardy Dam will be an international platform, drawing visitors from across Michigan and around the World.

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 Mountian Biking Alliance. The first 29+ miles are opened to the public with more trail being constructed in 2023. For detailed information about the project, check out the official Dragon Trail website. For current trail conditions, please check the Dragon Trail’s Official Facebook Page. 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 Marine in the South East 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 they are available.