Michigan’s Dragon at Hardy Dam

The Dragon is a world-class mountain biking, hiking and running trail with a 47-mile complete loop around the Hardy Dam Pond. Currently, there are currently 6+ miles open, with continued construction planned thru 2020/2021.  The trail provides direct access to pristine forests, parks, campgrounds and an incredible natural landscape.

When the trail network is completed, there will be an ADA accessible trail segment, 13 scenic overlooks, 23 bridges, and all along the shores of the world’s third largest earthen dam.  Experience the 4,000 acre Hardy Dam Pond, over 2,000 campsites, and countless outdoor recreation opportunities on more than 5,000 acres of land made available for the public by Consumers Energy.

Grab your bikes, hiking shoes and venture out to Michigan’s Dragon at Hardy Dam to experience this incredible trail in the heart of the Lower Peninsula.

Trail Details

Distance: 6+ miles open (47 mile loop planned)
Challenge Level: Easy – Moderate/Difficult
Activities: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Trail Running

Trail Features

Future Plans

The complete trail, when finished, will be a 47-mile loop around Hardy Dam Pond.  11 trail segments, make up this beautifully designed trail system. The trail system will be jointly managed by the Newaygo and Mecosta County Parks Commissions. In addition, the West Michigan Mountain Biking Alliance will spearhead maintenance efforts to provide continued care throughout the year on this world-class trail system.  This project has been 10 years in the making, and the entire local, regional and outdoor adventure community is thrilled to be sharing The Dragon with the general public.

To follow the progress of the trial construction, visit the official Dragon website at: TheDragon.us.