Negwegon State Park Hike Route Map

Negwegon State Park - South Point Loop

WHERE"S THE SNOW?!?!...if there's a phrase shared most my Michiganders this year, that would be it. Included amongst those frustrated at being cheated out of yet another winter, it finally occurred to me that maybe there was another way to look at the lack of snow. Maybe I could use it to my advantage to get out somewhere I wouldn't otherwise be able to in February...

Negwegon State Park was another one of those places that I enjoyed immensely the first time I visited, vowed to return in the near future, and then never did. For the past two-and-a-half years I've had the best intentions to return so when I tried thinking of a unique place to go there wasn't any real thinking to do. I LOVE Negwegon. I love it not for its subtle beauty (though it has it in abundance) or some unique historical significance. I love it because it represents what I wish the State Parks of Michigan could be. In a state where the typical State Park is dominated by high-impact campgrounds, crowded beaches, and miles of concrete Negwegon stands alone, at least in the Lower Peninsula. One single dirt road leads seven miles off the main highway to a small parking area and a kiosk...that's it. From the parking area it's up to you to put on a pair of boots, go out on your own, and let nature itself soak into and entertain you...

Trailhead GPS Coordinates:  44.855188, -83.323844

Route Type:  Loop

Difficulty:  CHALLENGING  (Petzoldt Rating:  7.10 )

Mileage Hiked:  6.5 miles

Trailhead Temp:  20'F

Min. Elevation:  575'

Max. Elevation:  640'

Total Elevation Gain:  300'

Trails Used (blaze color):  Algonquin (blue), Chippewa (blue), South Point Spur (blue)


  • kw

    on February 14, 2012

    oops--- no rating with last comment was a goof--- sorry --- awesome, as usual:)

  • kw

    on February 14, 2012

    Thanks again for letting me walk with you --- loved the brightness and beauty --- and loved the photo looking up at the birch to the skies --- Not that the Balsam would be taking over!