Holland State Park

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…

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Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore: Cowles Bog Trail

Cowles Bog Trail is part of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. It is also a National Natural Landmark because of the rich diversity of plants and animals that inhabit it. I first heard about this trail from another Women Who Hike member who said it was a must do. I added it to my bucket…

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Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore: Mount Baldy

I have a confession to make: the beginning of this month I was obsessed with baldness – bald geographical features that is. Haha! But seriously, it dawned on me afterwards that two of the places I hiked within 6 days were balds: Andrews Bald at Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Mount Baldy at Indiana…

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Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore: Dune Succession Trail

In 2015, on one of our day-trips from Chicago, Lizzie and I visited Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and Indiana Dunes State Park. We started off our day by hiking the Dune Succession Trail, which is part of the West Beach Trail System. The trail is popular and well photographed due to the view of the…

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