Kohler-Andrae State Park

Hiking Trails

  • The Creeping Juniper Nature Trail (0.5 mi.) starts and ends at Sanderling Nature Center. This trail features gently rolling sand dunes. Signs describe plant life, geological history and animal life. Please stay on the cordwalk to help protect this fragile area. No pets allowed.
  • The Dunes Cordwalk (2 mi.) runs parallel to the Lake Michigan shoreline. The north trail is 0.5 mi. and the south trail is 1.5 mi. Visitors will see active and stabilized sand dunes, interdunal wetlands and a dry-mesic white pine forest in the Kohler Dunes State Natural Area. This trail offers a moderate to difficult hiking challenge. Pets are allowed.
  • The Woodland Dunes Trail (1 mi.) begins and ends near the playground. A 0.25 mi. loop has a crushed limestone surface for wheelchair and stroller access. Signs describe the trees of this forested dune area. Pets are allowed.
  • The Black River Marsh Boardwalk (0.25 mi.) starts at the parking area west of the campground. This accessible trail features wetland plants and waterfowl. Signs explain the importance of wetlands. Pets are allowed.
  • The Black River Trails (2.5 mi.) begins at the northwest section of the park on South 12th St. This area contains open field community and forested areas. Look for a variety of songbirds and wildflowers. Horses and mountain bikes permitted. Pets are allowed.
  • The Marsh Trail (0.5 mi.) connects the Marsh Boardwalk to the Accessible Cabin and the Woodland Dunes Nature Trail. This forested trail borders the Black River marsh and is an
    excellent place to view both upland and wetland flora and fauna. Pets are allowed.
  • The Fishing Pond Trail (0.3 mi.) has a flat surface and many benches. Waterfowl and other pond life can be viewed from this area. Pets are allowed.
  • The Ancient Shores Hiking Trail (1.3 mi.) starts and ends at Friends Fishing Pond Trail. The trail runs along two former beach ridges, including one, the Nipissing Transgression, from a period about 5,000 years ago. At that time, the Great Lakes rose to a level a few meters higher than current levels, leaving a distinctive former beach ridge. Pets are allowed.
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