Ottawa County Parks & Recreation

Upper Macatawa Natural Area

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Upper Macatawa Natural Area- 84th Ave Entrance
1300 - 84th Avenue (approx.)
Zeeland, MI 49464

Upper Macatawa Natural Area - 76th Ave Entrance
2171 - 76th Avenue (approx.)
Zeeland, MI 49464


From US-31, travel east on 16th (Adams) to 84th. Travel north on 84th a half mile to the west entrance. From I-196 to exit 55 and travel east on Byron Road to 76th Avenue. Take 76th south to the east entrance.

Amenities & Activities

  • Single-track mountain bike trails
  • Hiking and ungroomed cross-country ski trails
  • Paved bike trails
  • Scenic overlook decks
  • Picnic tables
  • Rustic toilets
  • Hunting by special permit. See hunting for details.


This map shows facilities, parking areas, features and trails. Upper Macatawa Natural Area is located in Zeeland Township and is popular among bikers, hikers and runners. The park offers a variety of habitats including forests, grasslands and wetlands which lead to diverse wildlife.  Along the Macatawa River, its wetlands act as a sponge and filter during heavy rains and contribute to water quality improvement. In the spring of 2015, a new section of paved bike path will connect Adams Street’s bike path to the lakeshore with Byron Road’s Fred Meijer Kenowa Trail which leads to Kent County.


March 1 through October 15:  7am to 10pm
October 16 through February 28:  7am to 8pm


There are no entry fees.

Dog Policy

Dogs are permitted at Upper Macatawa Natural Area. For the safety and enjoyment of all park guests, pets must be on ten foot leashes and under control. Owners must clean up after their pet and dispose of waste in a trash receptacle. Please be aware that archery hunters may be present during the fall. Recognizing that most dogs enjoy running and playing freely, many Ottawa County Open Space Lands allow dogs year-round off leash.

Additional Park Rules



Parks Visitor Center

  • The Nature
    Education Center
    at Hemlock Crossing
    8115 West Olive Road
    West Olive, MI 49460
  • Tuesday - Saturday:
    9:00am - 5:00pm
    12:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Phone: (616) 786-4847

Administration Office

  • Room 267
    12220 Fillmore St.
    West Olive, MI 49460
  • Monday - Friday:
    8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Phone: (616) 738-4810
    Fax: (616) 738-4812
  • In Ottawa County:
    (888) 731-1001 ext.4810

General Park Hours*

March 1 - October 15
7:00am - 10:00pm
October 16 - February 28
7:00am - 8:00pm
*Some parks close in winter or have hours that vary. Select each park for specific park hours.