More than 19 miles now open for mountain biking, hiking, running, and more
Stanwood, MI: Another 4.5 miles have officially been opened on Michigan’s Dragon at Hardy Dam—the Dragon Trail—in Mecosta County. This brings the total of current miles open to just over 19, with another estimated 5 miles still to come in the 2021 construction season.
The newly opened trail can be found starting at Brower Park, at 23056 Polk Road, in Stanwood. Last year a 1.3-mile loop was completed within the park, and this year an additional mile was added earlier this summer, and another 3.5 miles opened as well. The recently completed portion includes an additional bridge and multiple boardwalk crossings over small tributary creeks of the Muskegon River Watershed.
Once complete, the Dragon Trail will be around 47 miles in length forming a loop around Hardy Pond, in both Mecosta and Newaygo counties. Visitors have been enjoying the open trail in large numbers daily and will be able to continue to do so all year long.
“Though much of Brower County Park will be closing for the season in early October, the newly installed Dragon Trail Parking Area within Brower Park will remain open year-round,” said Mecosta County Parks Superintendent Jeff Abel. There is a fee pipe payment station in the park that visitors can use to park there. Vault toilets will be available during the off-season months; however, riders are encouraged to bring their own water and other needed supplies.
Trail users can find an updated and printable map at thedragon.us, complete with QR codes directing visitors to trailheads and parking.
Funds are still needed to complete construction. Sponsorships of trail components for companies, foundations, individuals, and families are still available. To learn how you can help build or maintain the Dragon, or make a gift, visit https://www.thedragon.us/support-the-dragon trail/donate/.
About Michigan’s Dragon at Hardy Dam
Michigan’s Dragon at Hardy Dam is a 47-mile non-motorized, multi-use trail system located between Hardy and Rogers Dams in West Michigan. The Dragon is managed by Newaygo County Parks, Mecosta County Parks Commission, and the West Michigan Mountain Biking Alliance. Construction for the trail began in 2019. Learn more at www.thedragon.us.