Holland State Park is located in Holland, Michigan along the shores of Lake Macatawa and Lake Michigan. Jess and I originally wanted to go to Holland to see the Holland Harbor South Pierhead Lighthouse or “Big Red Lighthouse” as it is affectionately known, which can be viewed from Holland State Park.
The town of Holland claim “Big Red” is the most photographed lighthouse in Michigan (I’m not sure if there are statistics backing up that claim or if it is just hometown pride at its finest). The original lighthouse was built in 1872. Today’s lighthouse was built in 1907, retired in 1970, and is protected by the Holland Harbor Lighthouse Historical Commission.
After taking pictures of the lighthouse, we walked out on the Black Lake Boardwalk West. The pier is used extensively by fishermen. There is a tower at the end of the pier that people have painted. Some of the artwork is really creative, while most of it is hand prints and names, but I loved it because of all the bright colors.
We then drove to Black Lake Boardwalk East to park (2 hour limit) so we could hike Mount Pisgah, a “parabolic” sand dune.
According to someone’s writing on the stairs, there are 239 steps to the top of Mount Pisgah. While the view is definitely worth it, the people running up them didn’t seem to be having much fun. Jess and I took our time and were still breathing heavy by the time we reached the top. There’s nice benches so you can relax and take in the view. We hiked the trails on top of Mount Pisgah, which is about 2.2 miles when all said and done.