My Bike Overnight to Michigan's Hoffmaster State Park

This trip makes excellent use of the beautiful trails along Lake Michigan with an overnight stay at Hoffmaster State Park.

Bicycle Adventurers: Sarah Hubbard

When: Summer

Accommodations: Hoffmaster State Park

Distance: I rode 52 miles on the first day and 35 miles on day two.

Bonus tip for this adventure: The scenery is spectacular, so stop often and take plenty of pictures. You'll pass by Michigan Adventure, getting a nice glimpse of the wooden roller coaster, and also the USS LST 393 a tank landing ship built for the U.S. Navy during World War ll.

Day One

I've been wanting to do a bike trip for a while now and finally decided to stop waiting for the perfect time to go and just hit the trails. Tuesday morning I packed up my bike and had my husband drop me off at Hart, Michigan’s trailhead on the Hart-Montague Bicycle Trail State Park. I rode from Hart to New Era, Michigan where I stopped for Ice cream at the Country Dairy, then back on the trail to the White Lake Pathway that connects the Hart-Montague Trail to the scenic Fred Meijer Berry Junction Trail. From there I took the Lakeshore Trail to McCracken and finally Lake Harbor Road to Hoffmaster State Park where I set up camp for the night. After a quick dinner I walked to the beach to enjoy a beautiful sunset.

Day Two

The next day I packed up early and rode to the beach for a breakfast of poptarts and to soak up the sun and sand a little longer before leaving for home. I rode back the way I had come to the Lakeshore Trail, took that over to the Laketon, and after a short connector route, I was finally on the beautiful Muskatawa headed back home. I will definitely be taking this trip again, but next time I'll be sure to add another day for enjoying all that Hoffmaster has to offer. More beach time is always a good thing!

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Bike overnight tips and tricks?

  • Before I left for my ride, I read somewhere that you should take something silly, a stuffed animal, plastic dinosaur, or something, so I grabbed a stuffed animal from my kids room to bring along. I took pictures of it with the scenery in the background and sent them to my husband and girls. They thought it was hilarious and it let them know where I was along the way. 
  • One more tip, If you have a sewing machine, you can very easily make your own bike bags for a fraction of cost. There are free instructions all over the Internet that are very simple and easy to understand.

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2 responses so far ↓

Scott - Mar 6, 2018 at 8:18 PM

Wonderful park. That is a gorgeous sunset picture. Thanks for sharing!

Lisa Hoffmaster - Mar 7, 2018 at 7:18 PM

Love reading this!
I remember when P.J.Hoffmaster State Park was dedicated; I was in 1st grade and my dad was in Vietnam, so we didn't go. It took me a long time to finally make the Michigan pilgrimage (targeting PJH); and when I did (Labor Day weekend 2011), I vowed to return for every season. I was so impressed with Michigan's park system, and am very proud to be the granddaughter of P.J.

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