old baldy lookout deck, pentwater, mi

Old Baldy, Pentwater

charles mears state park

  • Campground Nature Trail
  • Boardwalk & Stairs
  • Lookout Deck
  • Views of Lake Michigan
  • Old Baldy Sand Dune

campground amenities

  • 175 Paved Lots
  • Cement Firepits
  • Water Hookup
  • State Park Beach Store
  • Picnic Tables
  • Volleyball Nets
  • Public Beach
  • Horse Shoes
  • Waste Dump Tank
  • Central Bathhouse
  • Two Playgrounds

The Old Baldy Dune and Nature Trail is part of Charles Mears State Park.

The beginning of the nature trail hike starts at the North end of the State Park, just across from the bathrooms / shower house and playground. The trail consists primarily of a stepped boardwalk that ascends rapidly up the wooded dune. After a couple of steep ascents, hikers are rewarded with a lookout point, offering an excellent view of the State Park, beach, piers, and Lake Michigan (the above photo was taken from the viewing deck).

From the lookout deck, another short (and flat) walk brings you to the top of Old Baldy, a long sand dune at the northwest corner of the park. Chances are, if you're familiar with Pentwater, you have many great memories of the race to the bottom, and have probably enjoyed more than one face full of sand after a rough fall!

This is always a favorite activity of children. It's free. It's fun. It's exercise. And it will certainly be a great vacation memory.

old baldy view from lookout old baldy boardwalk nature trail old baldy sand dune, pentwater